Two women were inches from being crushed to death after a four tonne steel pipe plunged onto their car.
Driver Natthaija Chanthanakhiri, 33, and friend Panadda Akkaradamrongdej, 35, were stuck in traffic in the white Mercedes E-Class last Wednesday afternoon in Bangkok
Businesswoman Natthaija saw the huge tube used for pile drilling start swaying and screamed as she watched it fall towards her.
The 15 metre long and 80cm wide metal pipe landed on her bonnet, causing the airbags to deploy. The passenger, Panadda, was rushed to hospital with minor injuries but is stable.
Shaken Natthaija said: ”I saw pipe start moving and I could see it falling. There was a traffic jam with a car in front and another behind. I couldn’t move out of the way.
”I’m very shocked. If we were a little bit further forward the pipe could have killed us both.”
Police arrived on the scene at 5.30pm and established that the pipe was being used as part of construction work to widen the road.
Maj. Gen. Prachatiporn Thongchai from the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority said officials were now investigating the cause of the accident.
He added: ”The area was under the care of the construction company who were widening the road.
”Before the accident the workers were using the pile drilling machinery. As it was being lifted it lost its stability and fell onto the road.
”The driver was not injured and the passenger only suffered minor injuries caused by the airbag.
”Officers will interrogate the operators of the machinery to establish if they are liable for legal action.”