& # 39; Lucky & # 39; Buddhist statue falls over and crushes the religious leader as it is revealed in Thailand
- Village leader Saman Chanthayothi, 52, was a guest of honor at the unveiling
- As he pulled the cloth away, the Buddha statue burst and fell on his head
- The statue was meant to bring happiness and fortune to the locals
A Buddhist statue collapsed and killed the religious leader who had just unveiled it yesterday in Thailand in a freak accident.
Village chief Saman Chanthayothi, 52, was a guest of honor during the ceremony in Khon Kaen, where the statue was unveiled Monday afternoon.
The monument was meant to bring happiness and fortune to the locals.
But when the leader pulled the cloth away, the foundations burst and the giant Buddha fell on Saman's head and pushed him to the ground.
Freak accident: a giant Buddha statue lies on the ground after it has overthrown and crushed a religious leader who revealed it in Khon Kaen, Thailand
Collapsed: the 16ft monument is being launched by the emergency services after the fatal accident yesterday afternoon
The locals spread in a panic, but when the dust cloud had settled, they gathered around and found the village leader imprisoned and already dead.
Residents were unable to lift the 16ft monument and waited for the emergency services to drag it away with a crane.
A resident, Surapol Thepboonma, said: & I stood next to Saman when he opened the statute.
& # 39; Suddenly I heard a crack and people panicked. They ran in different ways.
& # 39; We gathered around the fallen statue after the dust had settled and we were shocked to find that our village chief lay dead beneath the statue with his head crushed. & # 39;
Tragedy: Rescue workers remove the body of the village head after he was killed by the falling Buddha statue
Recovery: a man digs under the 16ft statue, which was meant to bring happiness and fortune to the locals
Emergency: a crowd of people, including police, paramedics and rescue volunteers, gathered on site and discovered that the concrete base of the statue was defective
District Sheriff Supachai Leekhaosoong arrived on the spot with police, paramedics and rescue volunteers.
They discovered that the concrete base of the statue was not strong enough, so it fell while it was revealed.
The family brought the body to the temple to be held there for a religious ceremony.
They accepted the statement that death was an accident and did not request further investigation.
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