The death toll from a fatal crash on Tuesday involving a bus, car and large truck in Pursat province’s Krakor district has risen to six people.
Police said the accident happened when the bus, which was heading to Battambang from Phnom Penh, hit the car and then careered into the opposite lane, where it hit a large truck, causing serious damage and killing several of the bus passengers.
Pursat provincial police chief Saron Chanthy said the accident happened at about 4.40pm, killing four people instantly with another dying later in hospital. At least five passengers, including a female tourist from Germany, were injured.
Among the dead was the chief councillor of Krakor district, Soth Dara, who reportedly drove his car into the lane of the Capitol Bus Company bus, which was driving in the opposite direction.
Em Run, chief of Krakor district police, said yesterday that initially only five people were reported dead, but another later died in hospital.
“All the six bodies have been handed over to the victims’ families for funerals,” he said. “The evidence and the three vehicles were sent to the provincial police for further investigation.”
Mr Run said the bus driver managed to escape after the accident and remains at large, while the bus company has not yet come to speak with police and resolve the case.
Mr Run identified the dead as Ngim Sopha, 24, Pech Davan, 27, Som Sovanny, 28, Bun Sochara, 46, Nhip Thak, 46, and Mr Dara.