Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Another train collision on northern line in Poipet

Another train collision on northern line in Poipet

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A police officer points to damage on a train that collided with a soil-laden truck in the border town of Poipet. Supplied

Another train collision on northern line in Poipet

Another rail accident has occurred on the newly opened northern railway line in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet town, this time when a truck was attempting to cross the tracks and was struck by the train, injuring the vehicle’s driver.

The collision follows a similar accident on Saturday and another collision three weeks ago, both of which caused minor injuries to people travelling in the vehicles involved. The line, opened on April 4, connects Banteay Meanchey’s Poipet town and Mongkol Borey district, and is part of a line that will connect Phnom Penh to Thailand once completed.

The truck, laden with soil and driven by Phuong Pich, was attempting to cross the tracks despite seeing the oncoming train, and was hit in the rear end causing it to turn over into a nearby ditch, said Chhoeun Buntha, Poipet’s traffic police chief.

“According to the claim of the villagers living nearby, the traffic accident on the railway was caused by the truck driver,” he said.

Buntha said Pich received stitches to his head, a cut to his right cheek and an injured right leg. Additionally, he had to pay $1,500 in compensation to the train operator for damage caused to the hydraulic system of the train.

“The train operator just agreed to take only $1,500 from the truck driver to end the case,” he said, adding that the initial compensation request was $4,000.

Transportation Ministry spokesman Ly Borin said authorities would increase awareness among people to be careful while crossing the tracks and refrain from growing crops and sitting near the tracks.

“Those walking or travelling in vehicles across the rail tracks need to respect the priority of the train and wait for the train to pass first before crossing,” he said.

Representatives at Royal Railways, the concessionaire that operates the rail line, could not be reached for comment on Monday.

MOST VIEWED

  • LPG gas explosion injures 13 people, including foreigners, in Siem Reap

    An explosion on Wednesday at a liquid petroleum gas (LPG) car and tuk-tuk refuelling station in Siem Reap city has left 13 people, including an American and a Briton, suffering burns. The seven most severely burned, including a provincial police officer, were sent to a Thai

  • Over 100 Chinese nationals to be deported for online scam

    The Ministry of Interior is planning to deport 128 Chinese nationals after they were arrested in Preah Sihanouk province on Wednesday for their alleged involvement in an online money extortion scam. Y Sokhy, the head of the Department of Counter-terrorism and Transnational Crime, told The Post

  • More than 800 people test positive for HIV in 2018

    The National Aids Authority (NAA) said more than 800 people tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) last year, joining over 76,000 others aged between 15 and 49 in the Kingdom already infected with the virus. The spread of HIV/AIDS in the Kingdom is showing few signs of

  • Rainsy vow to return on Nov 9 dismissed as ‘political warfare’

    An announcement from the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) that its “acting president” Sam Rainsy would return to the Kingdom on November 9 was dismissed on Sunday as “political warfare”. The CNRP made the announcement on Friday after a permanent committee meeting chaired by