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A landslide in flat Pathum Thani? It can happen if the hill is man-made and it can be deadly too.
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Rescuers move in to help an injured occupant of a lorry crushed by a landslide in a pit in Pathum Thani yesterday. One driver was killed and two people injured in the landslide, which buried three lorries and a backhoe. PONGPAT WONGYALA
Pathum Thani landslide kills one
A landslide in flat Pathum Thani?
It can happen if the hill is man-made. Yesterday four vehicles were working inside a 50-metre-deep pit covering about 50 rai of land near a road alongside Khlong 9 in tambon Bueng Thong Lang in Lam Luk Ka district. The soil dug from the pit is sold to landfills.
The vehicles, three lorries and a backhoe, were buried when the soil that had been removed fell back on them. One driver was killed and two were injured, police said.
The dead victim, Somyos Sinthorn, 29, was crushed to death inside the cab of his lorry.
His wife Yee, who was sitting next to him, was pulled out alive. She suffered injuries and was taken to a local hospital.
A man, Komol Jermsuwan, 21, was also injured.
Police are investigating the cause of the landslide.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.
rescuer – a person who saves someone from a dangerous or unpleasant situation ผู้ช่วยชีวิต
injured – hurt in an accident or attack ซึ่งได้รับบาดเจ็บ
occupant – a person who is in a vehicle, seat, etc. at a particular time
lorry – a truck; a large road vehicle used for carrying goods รถบรรทุก
crush – to press something so hard that it flattens or breaks into very small pieces กด บีบอัด
landslide – a mass of rock and earth moving suddenly and quickly down a steep slope แผ่นดินถล่ม
pit – a large deep hole in the ground หลุม
buried – covered completely by something, in this case, soil ฝัง
backhoe – a large vehicle with machinery for digging, used in building roads, etc. รถขุดหรือรถเจาะ
flat – having a level surface, not curved or sloping ราบ (พื้นดิน), ราบเรียบ
vehicle – a machine that you travel in or on, especially one with an engine that travels on roads, e.g., a car, bus, van, truck, etc. ยานพาหนะ
soil – the substance on the surface of the Earth in which plants grow ดิน
landfill – an area of land where large amounts of waste material are kept and buried under the earth
remove – to take something out or away เอาออกจาก
victim – someone who has been affected by a bad situation, such as a disaster, illness or an accident เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
cab – the place where the driver sits in a bus, train or lorry/truck ห้องคนขับในรถ
alive – living; not dead มีชีวิตอยู่
suffer – to experience something very unpleasant or painful ประสบ
injury – physical damage done to a person or a part of their body อาการบาดเจ็บ
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about ท้องถิ่น
investigate – to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it ตรวจสอบหาความจริง