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Garment truck crash injures 12 in Svay Rieng

Garment truck crash injures 12 in Svay Rieng

Twelve garment workers were injured yesterday morning when the open truck in which they were travelling collided with a car as it crossed an intersection in Svay Rieng province.

The accident, one of a rash of such incidents in recent weeks, occurred in the province’s Svay Rieng town at 6:30am, seriously injuring seven of the workers, one of whom had to be sent to Phnom Penh’s Calmette Hospital for a head injury, according to a Ministry of Labour release. The National Social Security Fund is covering their medical costs.

Yus Sophorn, a police official in Svay Rieng town, said the truck was speeding along a narrow road when it crashed into a car carrying mattresses as it attempted to cross an intersection.

“After examining the scene, we found that the driver of the truck was at fault,” said Sophorn, adding that the driver had been injured as well and had yet to be questioned.

‘‘The area has seen many traffic accidents because of the high concentration of factories,’’ he said, adding that drivers had been warned to drive carefully.

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