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Five killed after Malaysian rams car into them

Rescue workers prepare to take the injured and dead victims from the scene of a crash after a car driven by a Malaysian woman rammed into a group of workers taking a rest along a road in Songkhla's Rattaphum district on Tuesday. (Photo by Assawin Pakkawan)

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SONGKHLA: Five workers taking a rest after cutting grass were killed and another one badly hurt when a car driven by a Malaysian tourist rammed into them in Rattaphum district on Tuesday afternoon.

The fatal crash occurred at around 3pm on Asia Highway in tambon Khuhatai, police said.

A black Proton car with Malaysian licence plates was found in a ditch when police arrived at the scene. 

A police investigation found that the car, driven by a 31-year-old Malaysian woman, was travelling from Krabi on the way to Hat Yai in Songkhla when it hit something on the road. This caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, which rammed into a group of six workers sitting along the road and plunged into the roadside ditch.

The force of the crash killed four workers on the spot and seriously hurt two others. One of the injured workers was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

The dead victims all worked at the Kamphaeng Phet highway station.

The Malaysian woman of the Kelantan state, who drove the car, and two other Malaysian women were unhurt.

Police were investigating and charges would be pressed against the driver. They have notified the Malaysian consulate attached to Songkhla about the crash.

Ngamphon Buaphud, driver of the Kamphaeng Phet highway station, said eight workers had cut grass along the road before the crash. Six of them later took a rest near the ditch dividing the road when the car hit them.

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Vocabulary:

consulate : the building where a government official works who is sent to live in another country and look after his/her own country’s citizens and business interests there - สถานกงสุล

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

divide (verb): to break or split into two pieces - แบ่ง, See also: แยก, แบ่งแยก, แยกเป็นสองส่วน

fatal : causing someone to die - ถึงตาย

force (noun): an effect that causes things to move in a particular way - กำลังแรง, แรงบังคับ

lose control (verb): to be unable to control something, e.g., a moving vehicle - สูญเสียการควบคุ

on the spot : at a particular place where something is happening or happened - ที่เกิดเหตุ

plunge : to (cause someone or something to) move or fall suddenly and often a long way forward, down or into something - ลดลงอย่างเร็ว (เช่น ราคา, อุณหภูมิ)

pronounced dead : officially confirmed to have died -

rammed : hit or pushed with force - กระแทก

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