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Indonesian dies following bus accident

An Indonesian man was confirmed dead yesterday following Sunday’s night bus crash in Prey Veng province’s Peamro district.

Press secretary for the Indonesian embassy Amin Wicaksono confirmed that 20-year-old Jevo Uilia Abdi died at the Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh on Sunday evening as doctors attempted to save his life.

His sisters Irene Uilia Abdi, 26, and Maya Uilil, 29, each suffered a broken leg in the smash and are now receiving treatment at the same hospital.

The double-decker Kampuchea Angkor Express night bus, carrying 34 passengers from Siem Reap to Vietnam, collided with a truck transporting corn at about 4:10am on Sunday morning.

Despite initial reports, the nationalities of the individuals injured on the bus are now said to include three Indonesians, two Spanish women and four Chinese nationals, according to Ros Vanna, Prey Veng provincial deputy police chief.

The Irish Times newspaper yesterday reported an Irish man was also injured in what appears to be the same crash, however this could not be confirmed by The Post yesterday.

An official from bus insurer Cambodia-Vietnam Insurance Company, who declined to be named, said the two injured Spanish women had been transported to the Royal Rattanak Hospital in Phnom Penh.

“They were transported to the Royal Rattanak Hospital where doctors performed operations on their injured legs. They are now in stable condition”, he said.

He went on to say: “Our company is investigating the reason for the accident and we have yet to determine if we will pay for 100 percent of the damage, as well as the injuries sustained by individuals during the accident.”

On Sunday, Peamro district police chief Seng Ponlok said that he believed the accident was caused by “the driver [of the bus] being sleepy”, however this is an unofficial conclusion pending further investigation.

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