The white Toyota C-HR vehicle stops before falling from the fourth floor of the parking building of the Food and Drug Administration in Nonthaburi province on Thursday morning. (JS100 Radio photos)
NONTHABURI: An official of the Food and Drug Administration cheated death as her brand-new vehicle narrowly avoided falling from the fourth floor of the FDA's parking building on Thursday.
This was the second time a car fell or almost fell from the building. Last year, a pickup truck plunged from its rooftop.
The woman, who drove the brand-new Toyota C-HR vehicle, said she arrived for work at about 8am. While she was reversing the vehicle into a parking slot, she heard a bang.
The noise and the impact shocked her and she swiftly stepped on the brake pedal but she said later she was not sure whether she had really applied it.
The rear wheels of the white Toyota had run over the wheel stopper. Its rear smashed into the wall of the 4A floor.
The broken section of the wall fell on to the ground. The front wheels of the vehicle were halted by the wheel stopper and the vehicle stayed on the fourth floor with its rear hanging outside.
The vehicle owner, whose name was withheld, said that she could not open the driver's door because it was crushed by a pillar. Someone managed to open another door and pulled her out of the vehicle to safety.
She said she bought the vehicle a month ago but she had years of driving experience.
On Oct 10 last year, a pickup truck plunged from the sixth floor of the same parking building when the driver started the engine in reverse while he was standing outside the vehicle.
He managed to let go off the truck before it fell to the ground.
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brake (n): a device for slowing or stopping a moving vehicle, typically by applying pressure to the wheels -
brand-new : very new and in very good condition - ใหม่เอี่ยม
hang (verb): to attach something, or to be attached, at the top so that the lower part is free or loose - ห้อยลงมาจาก
impact (noun): the force with which one object hits another - แรงกระแทก
pillar : a strong column made of stone, metal or wood which supports part of a building or structure - เสาหลัก
plunge : to fall quickly from a high position - ดิ่งลงมาจากท้องฟ้า
rear : back - ด้านหลัง
reverse (noun): moving backwards - ถอยหลัง