Four people, including a mother and her children, were killed when a truck smashed into their parked motorbike in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet town on Saturday afternoon.
Nimith commune police chief Ma Rin said the truck veered into the motorbike which was parked on the side of National Road 5.
“The truck was transporting one pig. We don’t know the cause of the accident for sure. However, according to our initial conclusion, the truck driver likely fell asleep and the truck veered into the motorbike which was on the side of road,” he said.
“The mother was sitting on the motorbike along with her one-year-old baby and was about to drive the other two children, aged around 7 and 8. The truck then came and swerved into them and pulled them about 25 metres before it drove into a pond next to the road.”
Mr Rin said the mother, baby and son died instantly at the scene, while the daughter was hospitalised in the Poipet town referral hospital before being transferred to a hospital in Siem Reap province where she was later pronounced dead.
Mr Rin added that after the accident, the truck driver swam out of the truck and escaped.
He remains at large even though police spent the whole afternoon searching for him, according to information from villagers.
The motorbike and truck were sent to the commune police office.
A Poipet town police officer who declined to be named said traffic police are working on the case.