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There were two major accidents on Bangkok roads this weekend, killing a least a dozen people. 

Emergency workers examine the charred wreckage of a passenger van that fell from an expressway on to Rama VI Road in Bang Sue yesterday. The van burst into flames upon impact, killing eight people and injuring six others. SAROT MEKSOPHAWANNAKUL

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Deadly Sunday

There were two horrific road accidents in Bangkok yesterday which left 12 people dead and at least seven injured.

The first occurred about 5am when a small sedan carrying five third-year students from Rangsit University hit the side wall of a ramp as the car left Don Muang Tollway heading for Chaeng Wattana Road.

Three passengers and the driver died in the accident. Natsichon Sirimongkoj, who survived the crash with a broken collar bone, said she and her friends had left a pub in the Ekamai area and were heading home in the Rangsit area when the accident occurred.

She said driver Taweesak Kwankiew was driving at high speed and lost control of the car as it was leaving the tollway through the Chaeng Wattana exit. The car slammed into concrete blocks near the Laksi intersection.

The second accident was even worse. Eight people were killed and six injured when the van they were travelling in fell from an elevated expressway in Bang Sue district and burst into flames.

Witnesses said they saw the Bangkok-registered van fall from the expressway close to the Rama VI Road exit and catch fire near Samsen Witthayalai School about 5pm yesterday.

Pitthaya Romyen, 41, said he was waiting to pick up his niece from a special tuition class at Samsen Witthayalai School when he saw the van fall.

The van, which ran on liquefied gas, immediately burst into flames. Several explosions followed.
Mr Pitthaya said he helped pull a boy from the blazing van.

Police say the boy and two other passengers were taken to Ramathibodi Hospital. Two other injured passengers are being treated at Phra Mongkut Hospital and the sixth person injured was admitted to Rajavithi Hospital.

Many of the injured suffered serious burns.

The bodies of eight passengers were removed from the wreckage of the van after firefighters put out the fire.

The bodies of four men and four women have not been identified.

Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post

emergency – an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary เหตุฉุกเฉิน
charred – blackened from fire  ไหม้เกรียม
burst into flames – to suddenly start to burn ลุกเป็นไฟ   
impact – the force with which one object hits another แรงกระแทก
horrific – so shocking that it upsets you น่าขนลุก
injured – hurt in an accident or attack ซึ่งได้รับบาดเจ็บ
sedan – a closed car with a front and back seat for  passengers รถยนต์ส่วนบุคคลสี่ประตู
ramp – a slope connecting two levels of a building, road etc ทางลาด,ด้านลาด
tollway – a long wide road that you have to pay to drive on โทลล์เวย์, ทางด่วน
head for – to go in a particular direction มุ่งหน้าไปทาง
survive – to continue to live มีชีวิตรอด
collar bone – one of the pair of bones that go across the top of your chest from your shoulder to the bottom of your neck กระดูกไหปลาร้า
slammed into – hit with great force ชนเข้าอย่างแรง
block – a solid piece of stone, wood, ice etc with straight sides ท่อนหิน, ท่อนไม้, ก้อนใหญ่, ชิ้นใหญ่
intersection – a place where roads, lines, etc., join or cross each other สี่แยก
elevated – raised above the ground, or higher than the surrounding area ซึ่งอยู่ในระดับที่สูงกว่าสิ่งอื่น
niece – a daughter of your brother or sister, or a daughter of your husband’s or wife’s brother or sister หลานสาว
blazing – burning
witness – a person who sees something happen  ผู้ที่เห็นเหตุการณ์
niece – a daughter of your brother or sister, or a daughter of your husband’s or wife’s brother or sister หลานสาว
blazing – burning very hotly
admit – to put someone into hospital for medical treatment เปิดรับ
suffer – to experience something very unpleasant or painful ประสบ
wreckage – the parts of a vehicle or building that remain after it has been severely damaged ซากตึกบ้านเรือนที่ถูกทำลาย
identify – to specify who someone is  ระบุชื่อ

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