Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Chinese couple dead following Banteay Meanchey traffic accident




Chinese couple dead following Banteay Meanchey traffic accident

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A Chinese couple was killed and five Cambodians injured in a traffic accident on National Road 5 in Banteay Meanchey province’s O’Chrou district on Tuesday. Photo supplied

Chinese couple dead following Banteay Meanchey traffic accident

A Chinese couple was killed and five Cambodians injured in a traffic accident on National Road 5 in Banteay Meanchey province’s O’Chrou district on Tuesday afternoon, a senior policeman said on Wednesday.

Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy police chief Um Sophal, who is in charge of traffic, told The Post on Wednesday that the two Chinese nationals were identified as Zhang Zuhui, 28, from China’s Guang Xi province, and his girlfriend Ye Dandan, 27, from Guangdong province.

The two were killed instantly, Sophal said.

Their car was travelling from Siem Reap International Airport to Banteay Meanchey province when it collided with another vehicle driving in the same direction in Koup commune’s Khay Done village.

“The bodies of two Chinese nationals were handed over to an official from the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh on Wednesday morning, so they can be returned to their families in China to conduct funeral rites,” he said.

Sophal said their Cambodian driver, Lean Pov, 35, a resident of Brochea Thorm village in Poipet city’s Phsar Kandal commune, was driving a Lexus 330.

Lean Pov was severely injured in the accident and was sent to the Cambodia-Japan Friendship Hospital in Sisophon district where he was placed under police supervision.

Norng Sok, 30, the driver of the other car, a Hyundai, and his three passengers were sent to the hospital with serious and minor injuries, Sophal said.

“After inspecting the scene of the accident, we believe the vehicle carrying the Chinese couple, driven by Lean Pov, was responsible for the collision because the car tried to overtake in dangerous conditions,” he said.

Kong Sovann, a technical adviser at the Ministry of Rural Development, told The Post on Monday that human error contributed to more than 90 per cent of road accidents in the Kingdom, citing a recent study.

He lamented that drivers often travel too fast, under the influence of alcohol or “did other careless things like looking at mobile phones, playing with the passengers and looking away from the road while reaching down to pick up items”.

“We notice that people often make mistakes. However, [the government] should make the roads safer for motorists and help to prevent deaths on the road,” Sovann said.

MOST VIEWED

  • School reopening to be postponed until November

    Minister of Education Hang Chuon Naron on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Hun Sen requesting a delay of school reopening across the Kingdom until November, when the new academic year begins. In his letter, Chuon Naron said the postponement is warranted to avoid the new

  • Foreigners in Kingdom must now register in FPCS system

    The Ministry of Interior’s General Department of Immigration (GDI) announced that it would not grant visa extensions to foreigners staying in Cambodia if their names are not listed on the Foreigners Present in Cambodia System (FPCS) by July 1. Foreign nationals can register in the

  • Covid-19 at ‘alarming rate’, health ministry says

    The Covid-19 risk level for individual transmission is at an “alarming rate” in the Kingdom and its probability is “not low”, warned Health Ministry spokesperson Or Vandine. “Cambodia’s coronavirus scenario is classified as being at an early stage of the pandemic because of ongoing

  • Mandatory quarantine for 30,000 workers begins

    Some of the roughly 30,000 workers from factories and enterprises across the Kingdom who went on leave during Khmer New Year began their government-imposed 14-day quarantine on Monday. Speaking at a press conference while visiting workers at the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone on Monday, Ministry

  • Unemployed to get $40 per month

    The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has instructed enterprises, business owners and travel agencies in five provinces to prepare the proper forms for the suspension of employment contracts. This, it said, will make it easier for the ministry to transfer $40 a month to workers

  • Gov’t travel ban flouted

    While the majority of Cambodians have paid heed to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s order to stay put and not travel during the Khmer New Year – the holidays of which were also postponed – several hundred have left Phnom Penh nonetheless. They have allegedly breached provincial

  • G20 energy ministers struggle to finalise oil output cuts

    Top oil producers struggled to finalise production cuts during a virtual summit held by Group of 20 (G20) energy ministers on Friday, despite US President Donald Trump’s mediation efforts to end a standoff with Mexico. The final G20 communique appeared to gloss over simmering divisions

  • Kingdom revises travel restriction order

    The government on Friday eased the district and provincial border restrictions issued on Thursday. People are now allowed to cross districts within their provinces. Phnom Penh and Kandal province are to be treated as a single region where people are allowed to travel freely. In

  • Private schools struggling

    The Cambodian Higher Education Association has claimed that 113 private educational establishments are facing bankruptcy because of their inability to pay rent and staff salaries in light of nationwide school closures caused by the Covid-19 outbreak. It said the financial trouble started when the Ministry of

  • Khmer New Year holidays postponed

    In an effort to halt Covid-19 infections in the Kingdom, Prime Minister Hun Sen has postponed the Khmer New Year holidays scheduled from April 13 to 16. While the people will not have their usual break, nor will there be any public celebrations or gatherings at pagodas,