A passenger train hit a homemade tractor on Saturday in Kampot town, injuring a man and his wife as they were transporting wooden bed frames across the tracks.
A Kampot town police officer said the accident happened at around noon and was likely due to the victim’s carelessness.
“The driver of the tractor was transporting wooden beds for sale, which were so bulky, and he was deafened by the tractor’s motor. There was also a sign warning of a train crossing,” he said.
“He was so careless. He only realised the train was coming right when he arrived at the tracks.”
The officer added that the victims were lucky to be alive as the train had smashed the front-end of their tractor and not directly where they had been sitting.
“Because it was a small dirt road, there were no officers deployed there. After the accident, the train stopped and the crew checked with the victims and took picture of them,” he said.
The victims, identified as Krem Chroek, 41, and his wife, Chea Savun, 38, were sent to the Kampot provincial referral hospital, according to the victims themselves.
Mr Chroek, however, contradicted the police officer, blaming an impaired view and lack of a boom barrier to warn motorists.
Full story on Monday’s paper