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Crashes spark concerns

TWO children were among six people who died after a truck overturned in Kampong Cham’s Kroch Chhmar district at the weekend, in one of a series of traffic accidents reported in the lead up to Khmer New Year.

Kong Sovann Vuth, Chhouk commune police chief, said that the truck had been transporting 30 workers from Ratanakkiri province to Kampong Cham province for Khmer New Year.

“The truck slipped and over-turned because it was driving along a new road. It was raining and that caused the road to be more slippery,” said Kong Sovann Vuth.

Police said three people died at the scene, after being crushed, and another three died on the way to the hospital. Around 18 people were injured. The dead are Ny Ratana, aged two, Chory Sith, aged four, Ith Em, 20, Ngoun Neng, 30, Ang Touch, 18, and Ang Sarun, 30.

On Monday, three people died and the other was one seriously injured after a bus hit a car along National Road 5 in Kampong Chhnang’s Rolea Ba’ier district on Monday, police said yesterday.

Ting Channy, district deputy police chief, said all those hurt were passengers in the car.

In the same district, another three people died and eight were injured when a van collided with a car in Andoung Snay commune on Saturday.

“This year, there seem to have been more traffic accidents this year when compared to the last few years around New Year. I think that if the drivers aren’t careful when driving, the traffic accident will be increase,” said Ting Channy.

There were approximately 8,000 traffic accidents nationwide resulting in 1,800 deaths in 2010, according to the Minister of public works and transportation.

Elsewhere, three men were charged in Banteay Meanchey provincial court on Sunday, after they allegedly broke traffic laws and fought with traffic police who were checking drivers in Mongkol Borei district on Friday.

Chhoeun Sophon, chief of Banteay Meanchey provincial traffic police, said: “They scuffled with traffic police and snatched a baton from a police officer.”

The men were subsequently charged with hampering police action and launching action against civil servants.



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