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Collision results in fire in front of Bangkok’s Anti-Corruption Museum

Jack Burton

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A collision yesterday between a taxi and a BMW on Bangkok’s Phitsanulok Road yesterday directly in front of the Anti-Corruption Museum resulted in a fire in the taxi’s engine compartment. Both drivers denied responsibilty. Security from the nearby museum rushed out with a fire extinguisher, and firemen later arrived to finish the job.

The taxi driver, “Weerasak”, said he was going straight and had no passenger at the time. The collision jammed his and he had to jump out the left side as the fire grew.

The BMW driver, 54 year old “Sakun”, a building contractor, said he was coming in the opposite direction and claimed the taxi veered into his lane forcing him to swerve to the left, though not in time to avoid a collision.

Sanook reports there was considerable chaos and shock in the area from passing motorists and police as the fire burned.

The Anti-Corruption Museum bills itself as:

“A leading national museum which functions as a learning centre dedicated to promoting knowledge for the prevention and oppression of corruption, and developing a virtuous and transparent society.”

SOURCES: thaivisa | Sanook

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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