Luxury car barbecue on Mitraphap Road (updated)

Two Lamborghinis, a BMW, a Bentley and two other luxury vehicles were damaged in a fire on the back of a white Hino transporter travelling along Mitraphap Road.

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A firefighter hoses down luxury cars that caught fire on Mitraphap Road in Nakhon Ratchasima early yesterday morning. The fire caused about 100 million baht in damage. SARIT SRISANG

Evening update

The six luxury vehicles are still unclaimed. No-one has come forward to claim ownership. Police have now asked the Excise Department and the Customs Department to check all documentation to see what is going on. A clear explanation of what happened should be given within a week, police said.

In case you are wondering, the transport fee for taking the vehicles to Si Sa Ket was 40,000 baht.

Excise department – กรมสรรพสามิต
Customs Department – a government department which checks and collects taxes on goods leaving or entering the country กรมศุลกากร
documentation – pieces of paper containing official information; documents used for proving that something is true เอกสารที่ใช้ในการพิสูจน์,  เอกสารที่ใช้ในการอ้างอิง

Noon update

TPBS reports that as of noon, no one has claimed ownership of the six luxury vehicles involved in yesterday's fire which destroyed four of them. According to the driver, they were en route from Bangkok to Si Sa Ket province. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. A team of forensic police is on the way to Pak Chong,  Nakhon Ratchasima where the vehicles are being kept.

determine – to discover something by examining evidence  กำหนด, ระบุ, แสดงผล
forensic – relating to the use of scientific methods to solve  crimes or to find out why something happened เกี่ยวกับนิติวิทยาศาสตร์

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Luxury cars catch fire on truck

With a cargo worth more than 100 million baht, the driver of the white Hino transporter was focused on the road ahead of him as he travelled along Mitraphap Road in Nakhon Ratchasima about 7am yesterday.

He did notice, however, that a motorist driving in the opposite direction was signalling to him that something was wrong.

When he turned around to look, he got the shock of his life.

The driver said he had no idea how the fire started.

His cargo, consisting of six luxury vehicles, was on fire and had been for some time. 

He tried to stop the transporter but the fire had already burnt through its air brakes which caused them to fail.

When he tried to park his vehicle, the trailer disconnected and blocked two lanes of the road, causing a major traffic jam.

The driver said he tried to put out the fire but the blaze was too strong. It was finally extinguished by emergency services.

Two Lamborghinis, a BMW, a Bentley and two other vehicles were damaged in the fire. From video footage, it appears that some of the vehicles are a total loss.

This vehicle appears to be a total loss.

A Lamborghini alone is said to be worth more than 40 million baht.

The driver of the transporter was taken to Klang Dong police station for questioning.

Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.

Footage from Springnews TV posted to YouTube

hose down – to clean or pour water on something using a hose ใช้ท่อฉีดน้ำล้าง
luxury – the best and most expensive of something ที่หรูหรา
cargo – things that are being sent by ship, plane, train or truck  สินค้าที่บรรทุกและจัดส่งโดยเรือ เครื่องบินหรือรถไฟ
focus – to give attention, effort, etc. to one particular subject, situation or person rather than another เพ่งความสนใจ
motorist – a person driving a car คนขับรถยนต์
opposite – across from or facing someone or something ที่อยู่ตรงกันข้าม
direction – the way something is moving or coming from ทิศทาง
signal – to make a movement or sound to give somebody a message, an order, etc  ส่งสัญญาณ
shock – a strong feeling of surprise as a result of something happening, especially something unpleasant; the event that causes this feeling ช็อค, ความสะดุ้ง, อาการช็อค
consist – to be made of or formed from something ประกอบด้วย
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
trailer – a truck, or a container with wheels, that is pulled by another vehicle รถพ่วง
disconnect – to separate something from something  ตัดขาดจากกัน, แยกออกจากกัน, แบ่งออก
block – to stop someone/ something from moving through or along something else  ปิดกั้น, กีดขวาง
blaze – a fire เพลิง
extinguish – to put out a fire ดับไฟ
emergency – an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary เหตุฉุกเฉิน
footage – film or video of a particular subject or event ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์ หรือวิดีโอ
total loss – a complete loss, i.e., when something is completely destroyed or lost การสูญเสียทั้งหมด

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