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Two dozen injured in weekend bus crashes

Two dozen injured in weekend bus crashes

Twenty-five people, including nationals from France, Thailand and Vietnam, were injured in two separate bus accidents in Battambang and Kampong Cham provinces over the weekend, police said yesterday.

Kith Heang, Mong Russey district police chief, said 13 passengers, including three Thais and a Frenchman, sustained slight injuries when a mini-tractor collided with a Capitol bus on Friday night in Battambang, along national road 5.

“The mini-tractor had a flat tyre and it crashed into the bus, making it fall into a small ditch near the road,” he said, adding that the mini-tractor driver had fled the scene.

The injured had been sent to the district hospital, he said.

Meanwhile, Cheung Prey district police chief Heng Vuthy said a Hyundai truck had crashed into a bus on Saturday evening in Kampong Cham’s Kouk Rovieng commune, injuring 12 people, seven seriously.

Among the injured were 10 Vietnamese passengers, he added.

According to Heng Vuthy, the accident was caused by the truck driver’s speeding.

“[The truck driver] said he was driving very fast from Batheay district to Kampong Cham provincial town, and he tried to overtake another car, but could not and crashed into the bus,” he said.

The victims had been sent to a hospital in Phnom Penh, and the bus and truck impounded for investigations, added Heng Vuthy.

A series of fatal bus accidents earlier this year had spurred the Ministry of Interior to call for the installation of “black boxes” for companies to monitor driving behaviour and a warning that bus companies found to have caused accidents would be penalised.

At the time, Him Yan, director of the department of public order at the Ministry of Interior, told the Post there had been 41 traffic accidents involving buses in 2011, in which 25 people had died and more than 100 were injured.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mom Kunthear at [email protected]

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