A cargo train killed two men after they drove through and smashed a railway crossing barrier on Sunday in Takeo province’s Tram Kak district.
Sok Khorn, deputy district police chief, said the men died after their motorbike was caught under the train and dragged along. The victims were identified as Pang Pheakdey, 27, and Keo Run, 25.
“The train was on its way from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh. The accident happened at about 2am on Sunday,” he said.
“The train continued to pull the motorbike and the two victims until near its station. They died at the scene. After the commune police came and took the bodies from the train, the train continued its journey, though we tried to stop the driver from doing so. The driver told us that the train’s insurance company would solve the problem,” Mr Khorn said.
Separately, a train accident was also reported in Preah Sihanouk province’s Stung Hav district, when a military police officer drove his SUV over some rail tracks and into the entrance of his military office on Sunday afternoon, but could not make it past the train.
Ros Key, district police chief, said the train was “always right” because it had a predefined route.
“He was the only one in the car and received minor injuries. He almost made it, but the train hit the back of his vehicle,” Mr Key said.
Royal Railway chief executive John Guiry said that he was aware of the accident in Takeo province, but was not informed about the one in Preah Sihanouk.
Mr Guiry shot down the suggestion of any possible compensation negotiation between the family of the dead victims and the railway company.
“We had the barrier gate down and a guy blowing a whistle. He was waving a red wand and they drove straight into the barrier gate. Why would we pay compensation? For what? We should be charging compensation for the time and effort that our guys have had to expend, and for the pain and suffering the train driver endures for seeing such a horrible thing,” he said.
He added that besides the setup of barriers and the guards on standby, the company had also distributed warning leaflets to all villagers.