Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ambulance collision kills three in Kampong Cham

Ambulance collision kills three in Kampong Cham

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A damaged ambulance that left three dead in a collision on Saturday in Kampong Cham province. Photo supplied

Ambulance collision kills three in Kampong Cham

Three men on a motorbike died in a head-on collision with an ambulance in Kampong Cham province’s Svay Pek village on Saturday.

According to Sok Soul, deputy Batheay district police chief in charge of road traffic, the ambulance was transporting an injured man from Kratie province. After the accident, he said, the injured man’s wife called a taxi to transport him to a Phnom Penh hospital. The ambulance driver fled the scene.

The crash occurred on a stretch of National Road 6 on which the left side was closed.

“The victims may [have thought] there were no cars from the opposite direction, but actually there were a lot of cars and buses [coming from] the opposite side,” Soul said. “We are working on this case and sending it to court; I cannot say which side is wrong.”

Soul said the ambulance belonged to the Prek Prasob health centre in Kratie and that two phone numbers painted on the vehicle did not answer.

“I think sometimes people don’t respect the ambulance’s priority,” said Ear Chariya, director of the Institute for Road Safety. “But sometimes, ambulance drivers don’t respect other drivers.” According to Chariya, the emergency drivers often don’t receive training.

“I would suggest the government start training for ambulance and fire truck drivers to make sure they have appropriate driver’s licences and respect other people,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,