A European tourist was slightly injured while riding the bamboo train in Battambang province’s Banan district on Saturday afternoon when the train derailed along a curve in the tracks.
District police chief Phan Vanny said that the bamboo train was not to blame because the tourist was a bit careless.
“The bamboo train swerved at the curve, so it got off the track, but the tourist was only slightly injured and we applied alcohol on his wound and now he already went home,” he said.
Mr Vanny did not identify the tourist, but noted he was old and frail and has since returned to his home country.
“The bamboo train is not fast,” he said. “As you know, it takes the bamboo train 40 minutes to complete a track of under four kilometres. However, most of the foreigners coming to visit Banan are elderly and weak.”
“It is a ride to see the beauty of nature,” he added. “It is not to reach the end of the track faster. We cannot blame the bamboo train.”
The new bamboo train, which was inaugurated recently after its predecessor was overtaken for development, is more than 20 kilometres from Battambang town.
The line starts near the base of Banan mountain, on which sits an Angkorian temple, in Kanteu II commune’s Sang village, before ending 4km down the line in Chhoeuteal commune.