Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Unfinished bridge had no warning sign: cops

Unfinished bridge had no warning sign: cops

People gather at the scene of a fatal accident yesterday, where two men rode a motorbike off the end of an incomplete bridge. Photo supplied
People gather at the scene of a fatal accident yesterday, where two men rode a motorbike off the end of an incomplete bridge. Photo supplied

Unfinished bridge had no warning sign: cops

A rainstorm and a missing warning sign are being blamed in the deaths of two brothers who drove their motorbike off an unfinished bridge in Kandal province on Sunday.

The construction project in Sa’ang district’s Preak Koy commune is being overseen by Hanshin Engineering and Construction, although the physical construction was subcontracted to MICG, then again to a firm called CJCG.

The bridge previously had a sign warning motorists to take a detour, but it had been removed, police said.

Soy Sarvorn, deputy chief of Sa’ang district, said the two victims were brothers Tour Sineurn, 25, and Tour Meth, 24.

“Based on our analysis, the accident was a result of the motorist’s carelessness while driving in the rain and the removal of the sign banning the entry to the bridge,” he added.

Ear Chariya, founder and director of the Institute for Road Safety, said this type of accident is all too common.

“There are many cases where construction companies fail to protect the public,” Chariya said, adding the company was legally obligated to provide warning signs. “It’s common for these companies to avoid compensating victims because they usually have a lot of support from the government and their legal team.”

A MICG representative who spoke on condition of anonymity said the company has not been contacted about compensating the victims’ family.


  • Breaking: Kak Channthy, Cambodian Space Project frontwoman, killed in crash at 38

    Kak Channthy, frontwoman of The Cambodian Space Project, was killed Tuesday morning in a traffic accident in Phnom Penh. She was 38. Channthy, the internationally recognised singer-songwriter also known as “Srey Thy”, was reportedly travelling in a tuk-tuk near the Sun and Moon Hotel in Phnom

  • Australians protest Asean summit visit by PM Hun Sen

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Friday to protest against Cambodian strongman Hun Sen, who claimed to have been gifted millions of dollars by the Australian government ahead of a special Asean summit this weekend. An estimated 300 protesters, the majority of

  • American ‘fugitive’ arrested in Cambodia outside of US Embassy

    An American citizen was arrested on request by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, according to Cambodian police. Major General Uk Hei Sela, chief of investigations at the Department of Immigration, identified the man as American Jan Sterling Hagen, and said he was

  • One Australian, one Cambodian killed in explosion at military base

    Updated: 5:20pm, Friday 16 March 2018 An Australian tourist and a Cambodian soldier were killed in an explosion on Thursday afternoon at an army base in Cambodia’s Kampong Speu province. The Australian, whom the government initially identified as a technical demining expert in his 40s, and