Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Bus driver, assistant arrested over accident

Bus driver, assistant arrested over accident

Bus driver, assistant arrested over accident

Police in Kampong Cham province arrested a bus driver and his assistant shortly after their bus struck a tractor, injuring three people early on Monday morning.

The bus, loaded with 39 passengers, was on the way from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, when it hit the two-wheeled tractor in Chamkar Leu district, resulting in broken limbs and head injuries for the three people riding on the tractor.

The victims, all Chamkar Leu residents, were rushed to the district hospital, but later forwarded to Preah Kossamak Hospital in Phnom Penh due to the severity of their injuries.

The driver, Lem Pisey, 28 and his assistant, Dort Yakkob, 28, were arrested three hours after the incident.

When police asked for their driver’s licences, the pair said their company, Kampuchea Angkor Express Co Ltd, kept their licenses in the office.

“However, we did not believe them and we will continue investigating the case,” said Lem Sothy, the Chamkar Leu district deputy police chief in charge of traffic.

Yesterday, the suspects were sent to court on preliminary charges of causing injury and driving without a licence.

Nov Keavirak, the director of Kampuchea Angkor Express, confirmed that the company did keep its driver’s licences.

“To avoid the escape from responsibility when an accident happens, the company keeps their driver’s licence and lets them have a copy sealed by Phnom Penh Municipal Hall,” Keavirak said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Government hits back at threats to pull EBA, suspend UN seat

    The spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has said the government is in no way concerned after the European Parliament gave it three months to reverse what it called the “systematic repression of the political opposition”. Ignoring the ultimatum could mean facing

  • Chinese influx pushing locals, Westerners out of Preah Sihanouk

    Some within the Kingdom’s tourism industry have speculated that the recent influx of Chinese visitors may hinder domestic tourism as the price of accommodations in the coastal city of Sihanoukville continues to rise. Preah Sihanouk province, which has become a hotbed for Chinese investment

  • Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security

    Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey

  • Chinese living in Kingdom more than doubles since ’17

    The number of Chinese nationals living in Cambodia this year has increased to more than 210,000. The figure rose from last year’s 100,000, the newly appointed Secretary of State Sok Phal confirmed yesterday. He said: “Of the 210,000, more than 78,000 are living in Preah Sihanouk [province], but