A Saen Saep canal commuter boat in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Broken Sphere (CC 3.0)

 

60 people were injured in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday when a commuter boat engine exploded with a full-load of passengers onboard. The incident occurred on the busy Saen Saep canal, which runs through the heart of the city.

Saen Saep Canal Express Boats, Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by David McKelvey (CC 2.0)

 

In traffic-choked Bangkok, canal commuter boats are a popular and inexpensive form of city transport that carries an estimated 100,000 passengers a day.

Passengers aboard a canal commuter boat in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by David McKelvey (CC 2.0)

 

The Straits Times: Sixty people were taken to hospital yesterday, mostly for burns, after the engine on a Bangkok commuter boat exploded.

The crowded boat was ferrying passengers on a major canal on the eastern outskirts of the Thai capital, which boasts an extensive network of waterways that teem with motorized commuter boats during rush hour.

A Saen Saep canal commuter boat. Photo by Mark Fischer (CC 2.0)

 

An initial police investigation indicated the combustion was caused by a fuel leak onboard. “We found that gas leaked at the boat’s rear and caused an explosion in its engine,” said [Bangkok police officials]. Read more from The Straits Times here…

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

 

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