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Worst day for trains, ever

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Day started with power failure at Bangkok's main train station & ended with train ramming into 18-wheel truck killing railway official. 

Trains at Hua Lamphong station grind to a halt after the automatic track control system malfunctioned yesterday. THANARAK KHOONTON


Hua Lamphong in chaos as power failure disrupts trains

Amornrat Mahitthirook

A system control failure threw Hua Lamphong, the country's main railway station into chaos Wednesday morning, while two unrelated train accidents later followed in the provinces.

A power failure disabled the track control system, blocking all arrivals and departures of trains from about 6am onwards.

By the time technicians overrode the computerised system and manually operated the track switches, more than 10 trains had been affected with hundreds of passengers suffering delays lasting some two hours, according to Phonsutthi Thongsat, the State Railway of Thailand's train operation centre director.

Incoming trains, including those from the provinces, lined up outside the station until the repairs were finished about 8am and services resumed.

Only minutes later, a goods train jumped the track in Den Chai district of Phrae in an unrelated accident. The train was sent from Sila At station in neighbouring Uttaradit and was destined for Long, another district in Phrae.

As the train was negotiating a bend in tambon Sai Yoi, it ran into track repair equipment and the locomotive left the rails. No one was injured.

It happened near the spot where the long-haul Nakhon Phing train bound for Chiang Mai had an accident in July.

The accident caused the suspension of some northern train services, which were expected to resume in the evening.

Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt said an inquiry is under way.

Also Wednesday, a train rammed into an 18-wheel container truck at a railroad crossing, killing a railway official and injuring a passenger in the truck and a motorcyclist in Chon Buri's Phan Thong district.

The dead official was Sombat Wichitkun, who operated the barricade. The injured were Praprut Kongthon, the truck's mechanic, and an unidentified 18-year-old woman who was driving a motorcycle behind the vehicle.

Witnesses said the truck tried to cross the track as the train was approaching.

The train crashed into the truck and crushed Sombat. The truck driver fled the scene.


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approach: to move closer to someone or something - เข้าใกล้

arrival: when someone reaches where they are going (arrives) - ขาเข้า การเข้ามา

automatic: when a machine does something by itself without needing a humaN to operate it and make decisions; self-operating, automated - อัตโนมัติ, เป็นไปโดยอัตโนมัติ

barricade: a temporary structure that is built across a road to prevent people from getting through - แผงหรือแนวรั้วกั้น

bend: a curve - โค้ง

block: to stop someone/ something from moving through or along something else - ปิดกั้น, กีดขวาง

bound for: going to - มุ่งหน้าไป

chaos: a situation in which everything is confused and in a mess - การจราจล

container: a large metal or wooden box of a standard size in which goods are packed so that they can easily be lifted onto a ship, train, etc. to be transported - ตู้บรรจุสินค้า

crash: collision, accident - การชน

cross: to go across; to pass or stretch from one side to the other - ข้าม

crossing: a place where people can "cross" railway tracks with their car or walk across a street -

crush: to press something so hard that it flattens or breaks into very small pieces - กด  บีบอัด

delay: when you have to wait longer than expected for something to happen, or the time that you have to wait - การเลื่อน, การเสียเวลา

departure: leaving - การออกจาก

destined: on the way to - มุ่งหน้าไปทาง

director: one of a group of senior managers who run a company - กรรมการบริษัท

disable: to make something unable to work so that it cannot be used - ทำให้ไร้ความสามารถ

disrupt: to interrupt something and prevent it from continuing by creating a problem - ได้รับการกระทบกระเทือน  ถูกทำให้หยุดชะงัก

equipment: the things that are needed for a particular purpose or activity - อุปกรณ์, เครื่องมือ

fled (past of flee): escaped; left an area very quickly because of a danger there - หนีไป

grind to a halt: to come to a complete stop -

injure: to hurt or cause physical harm to a person or animal - ทำให้บาดเจ็บ, ทำร้าย

injured: hurt in an accident or attack - ได้รับบาดเจ็บ

inquiry: an official examination of a problem, crime,  accident, etc. in order to get information or the truth - การไต่สวนหาข้อเท็จจริง การไต่สวน

lasting: continuing to exist or have an effect for a long time - ที่กินเวลานาน

locomotive: the engine of a train - หัวรถจักร

long-haul: long-distance -

malfunction: a failure to work or operate correctly   - ทำงานผิดปกติ

manually: by hand - ด้วยมือ

mechanic: a person whose job is repairing machines, especially the engines of vehicles - ช่าง, ช่างยนต์, ช่างเครื่อง

negotiate: to successfully travel on a road or path that is difficult to travel on or through - ฝ่าไป

neighbouring: located or living near or next to a place or person - ติดกัน, ที่อยู่ใกล้เคียง, ที่ตั้งอยู่ใกล้เคียง

official: someone with an important position in an organisation - เจ้าหน้าที่

onwards: continuing from a particular time - ต่อมา

operate: to use or control a machine or make it work - เดินเครื่อง

override: to use official authority to ignore or change a decision that someone else made - ยกเลิก, ล้มเลิก

passenger: someone who travels in a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or ship but is not the driver or one of the people who works on it - ผู้โดยสาร

power failure: a period of time when there is no electricity - ไฟดับ

province: on of many divisions of the government of a country into smaller parts - จังหวัด

railtrack: the two long metal strips that a train travels along - รางรถไฟ

ram: to hit or push something with force - กระแทก

relate to: to be connected with something/somebody; to refer to something/somebody - เชื่อมโยงกับ

repair: to fix something that is broken or damaged - ซ่อมบำรุง

resume: to begin again after stopping for a period of time - เริ่มอีกครั้ง, กลับมาอีกครั้ง

run into: to hit something -

scene: site; a place where something happens or happened - สถานที่เกิดเหตุ

spot: the particular place where someone or something is - ที่, สถานที่

suffer: to be badly affected by a very difficult or unpleasant situation - ประสบความลำบาก

suspension: stopping for a period of time - การยกเลิกชั่วคราว, การระงับชั่วคราว

switch: the thing you use to turn something on and off - สวิตช์, เครื่องปิด/เปิดไฟฟ้า

technician: a person whose job is keeping a particular type of equipment or machinery in good condition - เจ้าหน้าที่เทคนิค, ช่าง

track: the two long metal strips that a train travels along - รางรถไฟ

under way: happening now, currently happening -

unrelated: to not be connected with something - ไม่เชื่อมโยงกับ

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