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Road accidents claim 6 lives

A ruined van sits on the side of the road in Tbong Khmom province yesterday morning after it was involved in a  fatal traffic accident.
A ruined van sits on the side of the road in Tbong Khmom province yesterday morning after it was involved in a fatal traffic accident. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Road accidents claim 6 lives

Six people, a child among them, were killed and another eight others injured in traffic accidents in Tbong Khmum province Saturday and Svay Rieng early yesterday morning.

A truck’s collision with two motos in Tbong Khmum’s Memot district on Saturday accounted for three of the deaths and six injuries according to So Sarath, bureau chief of provincial traffic police.

“A flat tire caused a truck to overturn and crash into two oncoming motos,” he said.

Sarath said that truck’s driver, 28-year-old Long Vith sustained slight injuries and is in custody, pending charges.

The collision with the first moto killed its driver and the man’s 3-year-old son and left his wife seriously injured.

The truck then ploughed into a second moto, seriously injuring the couple riding it and leaving their young daughter with minor injuries.

Vith’s own wife, Chun Votey, 24, was also killed in the accident, while his assistant, Kuy Pheak, was seriously injured, Sarath added.

Chhem Kimhong, provincial deputy police chief, said that the injured had been hospitalised and that no one was wearing a seatbelt, while only the moto’s drivers had helmets.

“Wear a helmet on a moto and wear a seatbelt in a car, and also drive with respect”, Kimhong urged.

Meanwhile, an accident in Svay Rieng’s Bavet town also left three dead.

“A speeding Lexus rear-ended a tractor . . . The tractor driver and his assistant died, another man was lightly injured,” said Mao Phin Phirum, commune police chief.

Phirum said the Lexus driver was seriously injured and hospitalised.

The driver’s friend – a provincial military police officer – died.

The tractor and Lexus have been impounded while charges are filed.

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