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Chao Phraya River: Two injured as container ships collide in heavy fog

BANGKOK: -- Poor visibility due to thick fog led to the collision of two container ships in the Chao Phraya River at the Wat Bangnanok pier early Saturday morning, according to police at Bang Kor Laem station.

At least one container from one of the ships fell on cement-laden barges pulled by a tugboat and sank in the river, injuring two crew from a river barge in the process.

Marine police from Bang Na Kreng police station responded to the mishap, and temporarily closed the river to commuter traffic to allow the police to inspect the scene.

The injured crewmen were slightly injured and sent to hospital.

According to the initial police investigation, thick morning fog obstructing visibility and waterborne traffic may have been the cause of the accident. The authorities are questioning those involved in the accident and also taking statements from witnesses.

Thick morning fog on Friday disrupted airplane landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport. However, air traffic operates normally Saturday despite morning fog. Passengers needing updates on flight schedules can call 02-132-1111 or 02-132-1888.

-- TNA 2009-01-24

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