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Twenty eight years on - Thailand remembers unforgettable gas tanker explosion

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Twenty eight years on - Thailand remembers unforgettable gas tanker explosion

 

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It was one of the most unbelievable accidents in modern Thai history. It was September 24th 1990 at about 10pm when a gas tanker overturned on Petchaburi Road in Bangkok. 

 

The driver had been going fast trying to beat the red light after exiting the expressway. 

 

In an instant 20,000 liters of Liquid Petroleum Gas started spewing onto the roadway and two tanks exploded. 

 

Some 67 cars and motorcycles waiting at the lights were caught up in the fireball. 

 

Many drivers and riders died instantly while still in and on their vehicles. Others were pictured still alive  as they staggered about with the clothes burnt from their bodies. 

 

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Some were just left wearing their shoes and belts. These "walking ghosts" as they were called, were soon to succumb to their dreadful injuries. 

 

The resulting fire engulfed 51 shop houses and terrace houses and billboards.

 

In total 80 people were killed on that fateful night including the driver of the tanker Suthan Fakkhaelek who died in his cab.

 

A court decided the gas tanker was not up to standards resulting in the explosion. 

 

Damage was estimated at nearly 215 million baht. 

 

Most Bangkokians can remember where they were on that night - many had stories of having passed through that area just moments before. 

 

Much of the aftermath was filmed by a TV station that had its offices nearby. The tragedy spawned other features and documentaries.

 

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Gruesome "explosion specials" with graphic pictures sold out quickly from newsstands. 

 

For well over a year after the burnt out cars were seen rusting on the road by the Makkasan Railway yard as a poignant reminder of those who had so tragically lost their lives in the disaster.

 

The remembrance of the event was reported by Khao Chao Baan on Facebook.

 

Extra observations and information are from Thaivisa's own reporter. 

 

Source: Khao Chao Baan

 

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Lucky to remember something that is unforgettable

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I remember a doctor who had survived but was badly burnt, explaining he had to change his job to something where he didn't interact with people because his face was so disfigured. He got a job in computers.

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And ever day since, the daily road kill has been increasing and will soon equal the 80 unfortunate deaths from this "accident" - will the current deaths even be remembered next week, very unlikely. 

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Wasn't there another explosion a few months later, near one of the docks. I don't remember if that was a gas tanker or not? That was around mid-morning and the apartment I was in near Klong Toei shook, everyone thought it was an earthquake at first.

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I remember that tragedy very well - lived on Petchaburi Rd. Back then.

Must have been around that time when the First Hotel burned on New Year’s Day early morning I saw a woman falling to her death think she tried to hang on to a helicopter.
And around the same time several Air Force planes collided trying to fly in formation. One tragedy after the other back then in Bangkok.


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I remember something similar in the South of France when a tanker went of the road and the gas being heavier than air spread down and over a camping site at lunchtime. The gas obviously reached a gas cooker where people were making lunch and the whole lot ignited.

Sorry, was Spain.

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The hasty bit is, that this could happen anytime again - all over Thailand. Also wondering, if the truck owner was ever held responsible for his „non-road-worthiness“ .....

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A terrible event, but let's not forget the eight hundred thousand people who have died on Thai roads since that date.

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

Gruesome "explosion specials" with graphic pictures sold out quickly from newsstands

Ah huh...

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

It was one of the most unbelievable accidents in modern Thai history.

 

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

 

Could very easily occur today or tomorrow in Thailand again.

 

An "accident" they say?? Sorry, but I don't think so.

 

A speeding truck driver trying to beat a red light. A truck carrying hazardous, flammable fuel that wasn't up to standard.

 

In my view, that's a crime by the driver and whomever was responsible for the truck, not merely an accident.

 

Except in Thailand, crimes like that are usually called "accidents."  Somehow, it sounds better that way and takes the focus off of the responsibility of those involved.

 

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