Cable bridge collapse kills 5, injures 45

Five people, including two children, were killed and 45 injured when a bridge collapsed in Tha Rua district Sunday.

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Update: Residents along another part of the river have just alerted authorities to a second cable supported bridge that has developed serious cracks. One person reported missing has been found unharmed after staying overnight at a relative's house.

Long after nightfall Sunday, rescue teams continued the search for possible survivors at the bridge. THITI WANNAMONTHA

A photo from the scene as it looked this morning. THITI WANNAMONTA

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Cable bridge collapse kills 5, injures 45

Victims await transport to hospital. SUNTHORN PONGPAO

AYUTTHAYA – Five people, including two children, were killed and 45 injured when a bridge collapsed in Tha Rua district Sunday.

A supporting cable snapped as a large number of motorcycles overloaded the bridge over the Pasak River about 5pm in tambon Tha Luang, district chief Withit Pinnikorn said. The bridge is open only to motorbikes, bicycles and pedestrians.

Pedestrians, motorcyclists and bike riders dropped into the river and on to the ground below.

Debris from the collapsed concrete surface and steel structure of the bridge, as well as one of two pairs of concrete beams, also plummeted to the ground, crushing to death five people and injuring at least 45 others, seven of them critically.

Emergency workers and volunteers raced against time to pull people from the rubble.

The 4m-wide bridge, which sat 20 metres above the river, was repaired last year at a cost of eight million baht after the major floods in 2011.

residents – people who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
alert – to tell someone in about a danger or problem so that they can take action to deal with it เตือนภัย
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
crack – a line on a surface where something is beginning to break apart รอยแตก  รอยร้าว
nightfall – the time in the evening when it becomes dark ช่วงเวลาก่อนมืดมิด, ช่วงเริ่มมืด
rescue – saving a person or animal from a dangerous or unpleasant situation การช่วยชีวิต
search – looking somewhere or through something carefully in order to find something การค้นหา
survivor – someone who still exists after an event that could have killed or destroyed them ผู้รอดชีวิต
collapse – falling down suddenly การพังลงมา 
injure – to hurt or cause physical harm to a person or animal ทำให้บาดเจ็บ, ทำร้าย
snap –  to break suddenly with a sharp noise; to be broken in this way แตกและมีเสียงดังแหลม
overloaded – having too great a load or weight on something บรรทุกเกินพิกัด
pedestrian – a person who walks, especially in an area where vehicles go คนเดินถนน
debris – broken pieces that are left when something large has been destroyed  เศษ ซากปรักหักพัง  ซากสิ่งของที่ถูกทำลาย
surface – the outside or top layer of something  ผิวหน้า, ผิวภายนอก, ด้านนอก
structure – something large such as a building or a bridge that is built from different parts โครงสร้าง
beam – a long thick piece of metal, concrete, etc. especially used to support weight in a building or other structure เสา
plummet – – to fall suddenly; to suddenly become much lower ตกฮวบลง
crush – to press something so hard that it flattens or breaks into very small pieces  กด  บีบอัด
critical – very seriously ill or injured and might die อย่างรุนแรง  อย่างวิกฤต
emergency – an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary เหตุฉุกเฉิน
volunteer – someone who is not paid for the work that they do อาสาสมัคร
rubble – broken pieces of stone and brick from building, walls, etc., that have been destroyed ซากปรักหักพัง
repair – to fix something that is broken or damaged ซ่อมบำรุง

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