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Deadly collision kills four in Battambang

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Wreckage from the collision. National Police

Four people died instantly in a traffic accident early yesterday morning in Battambang province’s Moung Russey district.

Deputy district police chief Doeun Sambath said the accident happened at 2.15am yesterday between a private bus company and a large truck loaded with fish.

“Tha Puthy, 21, the bus driver for Vath Sopheap Company, crashed into the truck which was driving in the opposition direction, causing everyone in both vehicles to die,” he said. “The driver may have been driving too fast.”

He added there were only two people in the bus, which was driving from Battambang province to Phnom Penh, and there were two people in the truck.

“The front ends of both vehicles are completely destroyed,” said Mr Sambath. “Police officers and villagers nearby retrieved the bodies of the four men. Their families have already taken them to have funerals.”

He added both vehicles were being kept at the provincial police station in order to take further legal action.

A total of 1,780 people died and 5,539 people were injured in traffic accidents nationwide in 2017, according to a report by the National Police’s public order department.

There was an increase in deaths and a decrease in injuries compared with 2016, which saw 1,717 deaths and 6,607 injuries reported.

According to the report, most traffic accidents were caused by speeding, not respecting rules of the road, overtaking in dangerous conditions and driving while sleepy or under the influence of alcohol.

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