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新聞英文解析 台電電纜導致苗栗連環車禍一死三傷

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One person dead and three injured in a multi-vehicle pile-up resulting from a cable falling during electrical work carried out by state-owned Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) around 10amon the Tongsiao (通霄) section of Formosa Freeway No. 3 yesterday. The person who died was pronounced dead after being rushed to a hospital, the Miaoli County Fire Bureau said, adding that she had no vital signs at the scene of the accident.

國營台電昨日在進行電力作業時,因電纜掉落,導致連環車禍,造成國道三號通霄路段一死三傷。苗栗縣消防局表示,死者在被送往醫院後被宣告死亡,並補充其在事故現場時已無生命徵象。

*multi-vehicle pile-up:(n.)多車連環事故;連環車禍
☆multi-這個字首是「複合」;「多元」的意思,multi-vehicle pile-up是指a crash involving many vehicles連環車禍,也可以說成multi-vehicle accident
*pile-up:(n.)堆疊;多車追撞;連環車禍
*carry out:(v.-phr.)執行;施作
*vitalsign:(n.)生命跡象
☆新聞報導中常看到醫護人員說OHCA,OHCA原稱「DOA」此為醫學術語,原本是「Dead on arrival」縮寫,意指到院前死亡。但由於救護員不具醫師資格,無法宣布患者死亡,只能用OHCA表示送醫前已經不治。

A preliminary investigation by the National Highway Police Bureau reported that seven vehicles, including a tour bus, a semi-trailer and five passenger cars, were involved in an accident after a cable fellonto the freewaydueto worker negligencein aTaipower electricity transmission project, causing one car to tip over and the subsequent pileup.

國道警察局初步調查稱,台電輸電工程因工人疏忽,一條長電纜掉落到高速公路上,導致七輛車,包括一輛旅遊巴士、一輛半拖車和五輛客車發生事故,造成一輛汽車翻倒,隨後連環相撞。

*preliminary:(a.)初步的
*investigation:(n.)調查
*subsequent:(a.)隨後的;接著而來的
☆semi-這個字首代表「一半」,有「不完全」或者是「部分」的意思
*transmission:(n.)傳輸
*project:(n.)工程
*involve in:(v.-phr.)牽涉其中

The cable first crashed into a southbound car andmade ithita highway fence. A northbound semi-trailer was then struck by the cableand make the stricken car hooked up again, leading to the ensuing pileup, as the other five vehicles traveling behind were unable to avoid colliding with the car.Highway police said the traffic on the freeway become backed up for about 2km by the accident, but it soon was cleared in about one hour.

電纜首先撞上一輛向南行駛的汽車,導致該汽車撞上高速公路圍欄。隨後,一輛向北行駛的半拖車被纜索撞到,導致原本被纜索撞到的汽車又被鉤住,導致隨後的連環相撞,而後面行駛的其他五輛車也無法避免與該車相撞。高速公路警方表示,這起事故導致高速公路的交通堵塞了約2公里,但大約一小時後就恢復暢通了。

*crash:(v.)衝撞
☆常用於表示「碰撞」的字有crash、crush和clash,其中crash運用最為廣泛,當作撞擊或衝撞的時候,通常指車子相撞或是交通工具彼此撞擊,比如,car crash 車禍、train crash 火車意外或plane crash 飛機失事,或者常造成巨大聲響或破壞的猛烈撞擊。crush跟crash一樣是受到外力衝擊,但crush屬於擠壓。clash常用來表示意見抵觸;是時間、顏色或者風格不協調、有衝突,或者是發出巨大聲響,常見的用法有:興趣不同a clash of interests;文化差異a clash of cultures、個性不合a clash of personalities以及意見分歧a clash of opinion。
*hook:(v.)勾住
*ensuing:(a.)接著發生的;接踵而至的
☆ensuing這個單字只用在名詞前面
*collide:(v.)碰撞;相撞
*back up:(v.-phr.)擁堵;堵塞
*clear:(v.-phr.)清除

Those responsible for the accident would be subject to the full force of the law, saidthe Highway police.Taipower announced the project's suspension and had set up a task force to determine what had happened for reducing the risk of such an accident occurring again.

公路警方表示,事故責任人將受到法律的全面制裁。對此,台電宣布暫停該項目,並表示已成立專責小組,查明事故原因,以降低再次發生此類事故的風險。

*be subject to:(v.-phr.)受到
*suspension:(n.)暫停;中止
☆happen及occur都有「發生」的意思,要特別注意主詞只能是「事情」而不能為人,常用句型為:事情happen to 人或者事情occur to 人。

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