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Ambulance injures 10 after tyre blows out

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An ambulance rests next to a ruined residence in Kampong Cham province on Saturday after it hit two motorbikes. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Ambulance injures 10 after tyre blows out

An official at the O’Reang-ou district referral hospital in Tbong Khmum province was arrested on Saturday night after the ambulance he was driving allegedly crashed into two motorbikes and two huts injuring 10 people in Kampong Cham province’s Chamkar Leu district, police said yesterday.

“We are in the final steps of interrogating the suspect, and are sending him to provincial court based on police procedure,” said Pen Roth, Kampong Cham provincial police chief.

Lem Sothy, deputy police chief of Chamkar Leu district, said that the ambulance was transporting a man with a leg injury and his relatives when the accident occurred.

The collision was caused by a flat tyre, which made the vehicle veer off of the road and plough into the motorbikes and huts.

Four people were injured inside the structures, and another six who were on the motorbikes and in the ambulance also needed medical treatment, Sothy said.

Yin Vibol, deputy director of the Chamkar Leu district referral hospital, identified the suspect as Chit Heart, 44, a department director at the O’Reang-ou district referral hospital.

The accident occurred, he said, because the ambulance was travelling at high speed when the tyre punctured, causing the van to spin out of control.

Those involved had only received minor injuries, he said.

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