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Truck overturns; four dead

Truck overturns; four dead

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Four people were killed and eight others injured when a truck overturned on Monday in Siem Reap province’s Pongro Loeu commune, authorities said yesterday.

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Chi Kraeng district police chief Touch Sakal said two trucks had been heading towards each another when one of them, which had been carrying a load of wood for construction as well as 12 passengers, swerved and overturned at the side of the road.

“Four died at the scene and eight have been hospitalised at the Siem Reap provincial hospital,” Touch Sakal said.

Khean Rithy said the 12 villagers had helped him move to his new house, and hitched a ride home on the truck.  

“I went ahead on my motorcycle, and got a call from my friend who was on the truck with my wife. He said the truck was upside down.”

His wife was still in a critical condition, and his older brother had died in the accident, Khean Rithy said.

Hou Lihour, 28, who suffered minor injuries, said the truck driver had fled.

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