Bridge collapse investigation

A provincial panel has been added to the investigation of the cause of Sunday's deadly suspension bridge collapse in Ayutthaya.

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A Tha Luang municipality worker inspects cables from the collapsed suspension bridge in Ayutthaya after residents raised doubts over the quality of materials used in its construction. Residents said some cables used to support the bridge appeared to be old. SUNTHORN PONGPAO

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Local panel joins bridge inquiry

A provincial committee has been set up to investigate the cause of Sunday's deadly suspension bridge collapse in Ayutthaya.

Four people died and 23 were injured when Tha Rua district's Rattanakosin Bridge gave way.

Two children, aged 10 and 14, were among the dead.

Ayutthaya's governor Witthaya Piewpong said yesterday the investigation panel, chaired by the provincial chief prosecutor, comprised several engineers and legal experts.

The panel would look at the cause of the collapse and will pass its findings over to police.

Tha Luang municipality had obtained 8 million baht from the provincial administration organisation (PAO) in 2011 to build the bridge over the Pasak River, Mr Witthaya said.

Soldiers and rescue volunteers have recovered 13 motorcycles from the bottom of the Pasak River, including two raised by this floating crane yesterday. SUNTHORN PONGPAO

The municipal office attached standard suspension bridge blueprints belonging to the Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning to its proposal when it applied for PAO funding, he added.

Records also show the construction was carried out by contractors under the supervision of the department's engineers, Mr Witthaya said.

Construction of the bridge was completed in July last year. In December, the structure was hit by a boat, but no repair work was carried out until February this year.

Police Region 1 chief Nares Nanthachot yesterday met police attached to the case. He ordered them to speed up the questioning of witnesses and the injured. Ten of the injured were still in hospital, with two receiving treatment for serious wounds.

The investigators will also have to await findings from the Engineering Institute of Thailand, which is examining the cause of the collapse, as well as the results of the provincial panel probe.

Meanwhile, Tha Luang district resident Wanpen Puangsawat, 43, a relative of two of the dead, called on the Lawyers Council of Thailand to provide free legal advice to relatives of the victims. Many were unable to afford lawyers to fight for compensation, he said.

municipality – a town, city or district with its own local government เทศบาล
inspect – to look at something carefully ตรวจสอบ, ตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด
collapse – falling down suddenly การพังลงมา  
suspension bridge – a type of bridge in which the floor is hung below cables สะพานแขวน
residents – people who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
doubt – a feeling of being uncertain about something/someone or not believing something  ความสงสัย
quality – the standard of something when it is compared to other things like it; how good or bad something is คุณภาพ
construction – the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. การก่อสร้าง
volunteer – someone who is not paid for the work that they do อาสาสมัคร
rescue worker – a person who save someone from a dangerous or unpleasant situation ผู้ช่วยชีวิต
recover – to get something back that has been lost or stolen ได้กลับคืนมา
crane – a tall machine used for lifting or moving heavy objects and building tall buildings ปั้นจั่นยกของหนัก  
panorama – a view of a wide area of land ทัศนียภาพทั้งหมด
site – a place where something happened  ที่เกิดเหตุ
panel – a group of people who make decisions or judgments คณะกรรมการ
inquiry – an official examination of a problem, crime,  accident, etc. in order to get information or the truth การไต่สวนหาข้อเท็จจริง  การไต่สวน
investigation – the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something in order to discover who or what caused it or how it happened การสอบสวน, การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง
injured – hurt in an accident or attack ซึ่งได้รับบาดเจ็บ
give way – to break or fall down พัง, ล้มลง
prosecutor – a lawyer whose job is to prove in court that someone accused of a crime is guilty อัยการ
comprise – to consist or be made up of two or more things ประกอบด้วย
legal – relating to the law or lawyers เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
expert – someone who has a particular skill or who knows a lot about a particular subject ผู้เชี่ยวชาญ
obtain – to get something that you want or need, especially by going through a process that is difficult ได้มา, ได้รับ
attach – to fasten or join one thing to another ทำให้ติดกัน, ต่อ, ยึดติด
standard – average or normal rather than having special or unusual features ซึ่งเป็นมาตรฐาน
blueprint – a photographic copy of an early plan for a building or machine พิมพ์เขียว, แผนงานที่ละเอียด
proposal – a plan or suggestion for a group to consider ข้อเสนอ
apply – to make a formal request for permission to do or have something ขอ
funding – money given for a particular purpose  การให้เงินสนับสนุน
contractor – a person or company whose job is to do work for another person, organisation, company, etc. ผู้รับเหมา
supervision – the process of making sure that something is being done properly  การควบคุมดูแล การตรวจตรา
repair – to fix something that is broken or damaged ซ่อมบำรุง
attached – involved; taking part or having a role in something เกี่ยวข้อง
witness – a person who sees something happen  ผู้ที่เห็นเหตุการณ์
treatment – the process of providing medical care การรักษา
wound – an injury in which your skin or flesh is damaged บาดแผล
probe – an attempt to find out the truth about an issue, problem or accident, made by an official group (or by the media); an investigation การตรวจสอบ  การสอบสวน
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
relative – a member of your family ญาติพี่น้อง
advice – an opinion or a suggestion about what somebody should do in a particular situation  คำแนะนำ
afford – to have enough money to be able to pay for something  มีเงินพอจับจ่าย  ซื้อหา
lawyer – an attorney ทนาย
compensation – money that someone receives because something bad has happened to them  เงินชดเชย

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