Taxi driver alerts police to car fire on Bangkok expressway

Photo courtesy of KhaoSod

A taxi driver witnessed a dramatic car fire on an expressway and quickly alerted the police, resulting in a successful containment of the blaze. The incident, which occurred at 4.30am today, saw a Toyota Corolla engulfed in flames on the Chalerm Mahanakorn Expressway near the Sukhumvit 62 curve in the Phra Khanong district of Bangkok.

Police Captain Paniphak Silachot, an investigator from the Expressway Division 1, received the fire report and coordinated with Chalerm Mahanakorn Rescue officials. A fire engine was dispatched to the scene, where rescue workers spent approximately 15 minutes extinguishing the flames. Fortunately, there were no injuries or fatalities reported, although the vehicle was completely destroyed.

Taxi driver 66 year old Suraphon, who reported the fire, shared his account of the event. He explained that while driving a passenger through the left lane, he noticed a significant amount of smoke billowing from the engine compartment of the vehicle. He promptly contacted the authorities to address the situation.

“I saw a large cloud of smoke coming from the car’s engine and knew something was seriously wrong. I immediately called for help.”

Preliminary investigations by officials suggest that the fire likely resulted from an engine malfunction, as the vehicle did not have a gas installation. Police plan to summon the car’s owner for further questioning to determine the exact cause of the fire, reported KhaoSod.

In related news, a woman driving to her mother’s home in Ratchaburi parked her car by the roadside, only to see it engulfed in flames moments later. Witnesses described seeing smoke before the fire erupted, leading to a dramatic scene that required emergency intervention.

In other news, a luxury Porsche worth over 10 million baht caught fire in front of a showroom in Bangkok’s Srinakarin area, causing severe damage to the vehicle. Fortunately, the fire did not spread to nearby cars or the building.

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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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