Pathum Thani: Disabled woman fatally electrocuted in due to faulty pole in central Thailand

Photo courtesy of KhaoSod

A tragic accident occurred in Sam Khok, Pathum Thani province when a disabled woman was electrocuted after touching an electric pole. The incident happened as the 46 year old woman, identified as Wila, was returning from a local shop where she had purchased an energy drink.

It is suspected that the electric shock resulted from a faulty electrical connection on the pole, which had been temporarily fixed with insulating tape today.

At the scene of the incident, Wila was found lying next to the electric pole, with an energy drink bottle and a disabled person’s card beside her.

A local shopkeeper, 46 year old Piyapet (no surname given) recounted that Wila had come to her shop to buy an energy drink. On her way back, she crossed the road and held onto the electric pole due to unstable legs. Shortly after, she collapsed. Locals rushed to her aid and pulled her away from the pole but she had already lost her life.

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An inspection by the local electricity authority found that there was a leak in the electrical current from a joint on the lighting pole. Tape had been used to temporarily insulate the wire. The shopkeeper added that Wila was a regular customer who frequently bought energy drinks from her shop, reported KhaoSod.

Following the incident, local police, forensic officials from the Ministry of Justice, and volunteers from the Ruamkatanyu Foundation were called to the scene. They conducted a thorough examination and recorded evidence. Witnesses were also interviewed.

Wila’s body was then taken to the forensic science department of the Ministry of Justice for a detailed autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

In related news, a 25 year old female bar worker received a severe electric shock from a light pole. The potentially life-threatening situation unfolded on Third Road in South Pattaya, in front of a fitness centre.

Emergency responders found a visibly distressed Patchanicha Munpen lying on a footpath, surrounded by her friends. Immediate life-saving CPR was performed before she was swiftly transported to Bangkok Pattaya Hospital. Read more about this story HERE.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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