Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Body of man struck by train found in Kampot

Body of man struck by train found in Kampot

A passenger train sits at the railway station in Phnom Penh in Apri.
A passenger train sits at the railway station in Phnom Penh in Apri. Athena Zelandonii

Body of man struck by train found in Kampot

A 38-year-old man was killed yesterday in Kampot province’s Banteay Meas district after being hit by a train, according to a district police official.

The man, identified as Ut Bunthea, was a resident of Trapaing Sala Kang Lech commune and had attended a birthday party on Monday night in a nearby village across the train tracks. Police are unsure as to why Bunthea was at the tracks but said it could be due to his history of excessive drinking, said Tob Vanny, the district’s police chief.

“He walked home alone, but we do not know why he was unconscious on the railway tracks,” Vanny said, adding that Bunthea was found with deep injuries to his arms and legs. Vanny said Bunthea was known among the community to drink a lot, an issue that was exacerbated after his divorce from his wife.

There have been multiple train-related accidents in the Kampot this year, especially since the resumption of passenger services on the southern line, which runs from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville.

In June, a cement truck collided with a train in the same district when the driver attempted to cross the tracks before the train passed. Also, two trucks ran into the same train in two separate incidents in September.

In a freak accident in March, a man drove his moto headlong into a moving freight train, despite the train driver sounding his horn repeatedly.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom may hire Turkish power ship

    Cambodia is considering negotiating with Turkey to hire a 200MW-capacity power ship to meet electricity demands as the country faces an ongoing electrical shortage, according to the prime minister. Speaking to garment workers in Pursat province on Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Electricite du

  • Woman who scaled Cambodia’s three highest peaks eyes Everest

    One of the very few Cambodian women to have successfully reached the Kingdom’s three highest peaks is now eyeing Malaysia’s tallest mountain, Mount Kinabalu, and potentially even the world’s tallest straddling Nepal and China, Mount Everest. While in many Western countries it

  • Cheap, clean and efficient: The firm leading Cambodia’s solar revolution

    Sitting in her bright and airy 17th floor office, Rithya Menon, Okra Smart Solar’s lead firmware engineer, checks the frequently updating data telling her everything about how well their community services are operating. “I saw in the data that there was a problem with

  • PM Hun Sen: Cambodia will not die without EBA scheme

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday reiterated that he would not be overly concerned if Cambodia had its access to the EU’s “Everything But Arms” (EBA) scheme withdrawn because the Kingdom would not die without it. Hun Sen was speaking to factory workers in