Heavy traffic jams as exodus from Bangkok starts

THE big New Year exodus from Bangkok started this morning (Dec. 28) with heavy jams on Phahonyothin road all the way to adjacent Ayutthaya province, Thai News Agency reported.

Meanwhile the rain and slippery roads in northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province, or Korat, also led to bad jams this morning with there being a tailback of 20 kilometers on one of them, and a tour coach too overturned and killed one person, the Thai-language Matichon daily reported.

At 11 am today in Ayutthaya, cars were moving very slowly from Pratunam Phra In market and Bang Pa-in circle till Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University in Wang Noi district.

Vehicles crept forward at this stretch because not only are cars from Bangkok trying to get through, vehicles from the east and west also have to pile on to Phahonyothin road to get to Wang Noi, and then Saraburi and further out to the Northeast.

Police have arranged special lanes and made other arrangement to ensure that the congestion does not get worse in the evening.

coach accident

Among the accidents that occurred in Korat amid the New Year rush was a tour coach, which a group of 48 Cambodian workers had hired to go from Bangkok to northeastern Surin province, flipping over to the side of the road, killing one person and injuring 40 others.


Top: Phahonyothin road badly congested this morning. Photo: Thai News Agency

In-text: Some Cambodian workers sit by the roadside after their coach overturned. Photo: Matichon