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Truck accident leaves more than 40 workers injured

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The truck that had been loaded with workers. Supplied

More than 40 garment workers in Kampong Speu province were injured when their truck was involved in an accident on Tuesday.

They were sent to hospital for treatment.

Chek Borin, the director of the provincial labour department, said the accident happened in Oudong district and left 41 injured, nine seriously.

“There were 55 workers in the truck when the accident happened due to careless driving. The driver was also injured and suffered a broken leg,” he said.

According to eyewitnesses, the truck was moving fast and the accident happened when the driver tried to overtake another vehicle.

“We often cooperate with the National Social Security Fund, local authorities and factories to educate truck drivers about driving safely when carrying workers in the province, but some remain careless,” Mr Borin said.

“Only the drivers themselves can protect the workers’ safety when travelling through the province,” he added.

A report from the National Road Safety Committee released last week said there were 26 accidents involving workers’ trucks in 2017, causing four deaths and 484 injuries.

Full story in Thursday’s paper.

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