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Fatal 8-vehicle pile-up at red light

Eight vehicles were involved in this fatal pile-up at an intersection on the city bypass in Muang district, Prachin Buri, on Wednesday evening. (Photo by Manit Sanubboon)

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PRACHIN BURI: An eight-vehicle pile-up at a traffic light killed one person and injured another on a major highway on Wednesday evening.

The crash involved four big trucks, two pickups and two cars and occurred on a four-lane bypass of central Prachin Buri city.

Orapin Roongthanawut, 44, said she was slowing down her Honda City car to stop at a red light when an 18-wheel trailer truck crashed into the rear. Her car was pushed forward into a 10-wheel truck, which then crushed a pickup truck against a truck in front of it, with a continuing domino effect.

Montri Nootcharoen, the 43-year-old pickup truck driver, and his father-in-law were severely injured. Montri later died at hospital.

Vocabulary:

bypass : a road that goes round a town or city so that you can avoid going through its centre - ถนนรอบเมือง

crush : to press something so hard that it flattens or breaks into very small pieces - กด  บีบอัด

domino effect (noun): the consequence of one event setting off a chain of similar events (like a falling domino causing a whole row of upended dominos to fall) - ผลกระทบต่อเนื่อง

injured (adj): hurt in an accident, natural disaster, attack, etc. - ได้รับบาดเจ็บ

occurred (verb): happened - เกิดขึ้น

severely : very seriously - อย่างรุนแรง

trailer : a truck, or a container with wheels, that is pulled by another vehicle - รถพ่วง

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