At least three construction workers died and another 15 were injured when a truck in which they were riding had a brake failure in Koh Kong yesterday morning.
The 18 workers were headed from Kampong Speu to Koh Kong, with the crash occurring at kilometre marking 128-129 in Tatay Krom commune’s Anlongvak village as the truck tried to negotiate a slope.
The driver lost control of the brakes, causing the vehicle to veer off the road and roll over at speed, according to Ke Chanmony, the Koh Kong district deputy traffic police chief.
“According to the witnesses, they saw the truck speeding up the hill,” said Chanmony. “When it started descending, the driver tried to brake really hard and he broke the brakes.”
According to an announcement by the Ministry of Labour, three workers were killed in the accident, while the rest suffered injuries, ranging from mild to serious.
Koh Kong provincial traffic police officer Mony Vattanak said authorities have not yet identified those killed.
“For the victim’s identities, I only know that they are construction workers from Kampong Speu province,” he said.
Nine mildly injured victims were sent to the provincial hospital, while seven badly injured victims were taken to hospital in Phnom Penh, according to Cheap Sotharin, the director of the Trapaing Rung Health Centre in Koh Kong district.
The Koh Kong deputy police chief said the site of the crash has claimed lives in three separate accidents in the past.