Four killed in car chase crash

Four killed in car chase crash

Truck driving migrant workers plunges into ditch

The pickup truck is seen in a roadside ditch following a road chase in the early hours of Friday. (Photo by Sonthanaporn Inchan)
The pickup truck is seen in a roadside ditch following a road chase in the early hours of Friday. (Photo by Sonthanaporn Inchan)

CHACHOENGSAO: Four migrant workers were killed in a crash following a police chase in this eastern province in the early hours of Friday.

Plaeng Yao district police received reports of the incident at 2.30am.

While trying to escape highway police, the driver of a pickup truck carrying 21 migrant workers took a narrow soi and plunged the truck into a ditch.

Police found an overturned white Toyota pickup truck with a Sa Kaeo licence plate in the roadside ditch. It apparently fell from the road which was 2-3m high.

There were signs some people inside had escaped.

After lifting the truck from the ditch, police found the bodies of two men and one woman inside the cab. Another man was also found dead outside the truck. All of them were later identified as Cambodians. 

The survivors said the Thai driver was picking up 21 Cambodian migrant workers from Sa Kaeo to work at a construction site in Samut Prakan province.

Two more Thais sat in the front seat while nine of the Cambodians crammed in the cab and the remaining 12 were travelling in the bed.

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Vocabulary

  • cab: the place where the driver sits in a bus, train or lorry/truck - ห้องคนขับในรถ
  • crammed: completely filled with people or things - คับคั่ง
  • ditch: a long narrow open channel dug into the ground usually at the side of a road or field, which is used especially for supplying or removing water, or for dividing land - คูน้ำ
  • escape (verb): to get away from a place; to leave a place where you are in danger - หนี
  • incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์
  • migrant worker: someone who travels to another place or country in order to find work - คนงานต่างถิ่น
  • narrow: not wide; having a small distance from one side to the other, especially in comparison with the length - แคบ
  • overturn: to turn upside down or on the side - พลิกคว่ำ, คว่ำลง
  • plunge: to fall quickly from a high position - ดิ่งลงมาจากท้องฟ้า
  • survivor: someone who still exists after an event that could have killed or destroyed them - ผู้รอดชีวิต
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