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Eleven injured in yet another worker crash

A garment worker lies down at a hospital in Kampong Speu province yesterday after she was involved in a traffic accident. Photo supplied
A garment worker lies down at a hospital in Kampong Speu province yesterday after she was involved in a traffic accident. Photo supplied

Eleven injured in yet another worker crash

In the second such crash in as many days, 11 garment workers were injured yesterday when two trucks carrying about 60 workers collided with each other in Kampong Speu province’s Chbar Mon district.

Yesterday’s incident in Rakar Thom commune was caused when one of the trucks, which was speeding, crashed into the rear of the other, said Meas Sern, chief of traffic police for the district.

“The second truck was driving very fast and then crashed into the first one, injuring 11 workers,” he said. Sern said that the driver of the speeding truck was at fault and that he had been trying to “compete” with the other driver.

“The drivers did not escape. The police checked the [erring] driver’s licence,” he said, adding that the investigation was ongoing and that the driver would have to pay the workers for the accident.

Sem Samnang, a worker on the rear truck, said that “luckily” the driver had slowed down a little before the crash or the number of injuries might have been higher.

“The driver was driving fast because it was nearly time for us to get to work. I knew it was about to happen, so I protected myself,” he said.

The crash comes a day after 61 workers were injured in a similar incident in Svay Rieng’s Bavet district. While the government vowed earlier this year to introduce increased safety measures, such accidents remain common.

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