Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Fiery car crash claims three lives in Kampong Thom

Fiery car crash claims three lives in Kampong Thom

People gather around a burnt-out car in Kampong Thom province earlier this week after it was involved in a traffic accident. Photo supplied
People gather around a burnt-out car in Kampong Thom province earlier this week after it was involved in a traffic accident. Photo supplied

Fiery car crash claims three lives in Kampong Thom

Three men burned to death and a fourth was seriously injured after a head-on collision between two vehicles resulted in one bursting into flames late on Monday night in Kampong Thom province.

Stoung district deputy police chief Tan Chheng Loeun said the accident was caused by a drunk driver swerving into a van transporting vegetables from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. According to Loeun, the van overturned and the car burst into flames. The drunk driver and two of his companions burned to death, while a fourth was saved from the blaze by being thrown from the car during the collision.

The survivor, who is in hospital with a head injury and a broken arm, admitted that the driver had been drinking that night. “According to the injured victim, they left the drink shop and aimed to drink at another place [prior to the accident],” Loeun said.

The passengers in the van fled the scene on foot. Loeun said he didn’t know how many people were in the vehicle, but he did find blood stains inside.

Meanwhile, according to Run Roth Veasna, director of the traffic department at the Ministry of Interior, officials are preparing to deal with an annual spike in traffic accidents during the ongoing Pchum Ben holiday.

In 2015, 34 people died in 74 accidents in just three days during the holiday. Veasna said that authorities hope to reduce the amount accidents during this year’s festival

MOST VIEWED

  • US to ramp up sanctions after ‘flawed’ national polls

    At a press conference on Wednesday, the US State Department announced that it would expand visa sanctions on the Cambodian officials and individuals it deems responsible for “undermining democracy” in Cambodia. At the briefing, spokesperson Heather Nauert reiterated that the department regarded the July 29 elections

  • Final poll results confirm first single-party Assembly

    IN an unprecedented situation in Cambodian politics, the official results of the July 29 national elections have declared that the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) will take all 125 seats in the National Assembly on the back of it receiving 76 per cent of the votes. The National

  • PM's Bodyguard commander hits back at US

    The commander of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Bodyguard Unit (BGU) Hing Bun Heang on Sunday dismissed a short video clip that went viral on social media in which he says he is preparing for a war with the United States over its aggressiveness towards

  • Chinese influence to sweep Kingdom?

    Growing Cambodia-China ties have seen the latter’s influence sweep across the Kingdom through increased investments and tourism. The Asian giant has become the leading source of foreign funds in Cambodia, fuelling the construction sector with huge casino and hotel projects. Much of the growth