The driver of a heavy truck in Siem Reap province has had a lucky escape after discovering an unexploded bomb stuck between the wheels of his vehicle.
The truck was transporting soil from Kulen Mountain in Banteay Srey district to sell in Siem Reap on Wednesday morning when the bomb was discovered, police said.
Svay Dangkum commune chief Sou Vandeth said the truck driver, Net Kompheak, 30, only found out there was a bomb stuck between the wheels when the truck got a flat tire.
“The truck ran over an unexploded bomb when it was loading up the soil,” he said. “Luckily it slid in between two wheels. It was an 80mm mortar shell.”
Mr Vandeth said the bomb was still active and would have caused a huge explosion if it had dropped from between the wheels.
“The Russian-made bomb was still in good condition. It must have been fired during the war but fell on a swamp, so never exploded,” he said.
The Cambodian Mine Action Centre attended the scene and detached the bomb from the truck, removing it to be destroyed elsewhere, Mr Vandeth added.