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Holiday toll hits 33 after crash kills 5

Holiday toll hits 33 after crash kills 5

A car crash in Preah Sihanouk province yesterday claimed the lives of five people and left 10 injured, ending a deadly Lunar New Year in which 33 people died on the Kingdom’s roads, police said.

“Three people – two women and a man – died instantly, while one died on the way to hospital and another at hospital in Phnom Penh,” said Keo Phirun, traffic police chief in Kampong Seila district, where the accident occurred.

A car was speeding when a tyre punctured, sending it veering across the road and into an oncoming car, he said.

Seven passengers were seriously injured and police were busy pulling bodies from the wrecks and sending survivors to hospital, Phirun added.

Sok Nop, an office chief at the Ministry of Interior’s public order department, said that from Thursday through yesterday, there were 98 accidents, which killed 33 people, seriously injured 116 and slightly injured 81 – 19 per cent more injuries but 30 per cent fewer deaths than last year.

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