A man in Poipet city was injured after his lorry was hit by an oncoming train on the railway track in Banteay Meanchey province yesterday, marking the third accident on the train line just two weeks after it started operating.
Chhie Buntha, chief of staff for Poipet city police, identified the victim as 47-year-old Huong Pich. He blamed the accident on the lorry driver’s reckless driving while he was on the way to Serey Sophon.
“He was brought to a private clinic in the city,” he said, noting that the train had the right of way.
“The driver insisted on crossing the track even though the train was oncoming ten metres away from him,” he added.
Mr Buntha said the train hit the back of the lorry, tossing the vehicle into a nearby pond. He said that drivers in Poipet are not familiar with the train yet.
“When crossing the track, they all do it at once,” he said. “One more thing, the driver might not have heard the train because his window was closed. Or maybe he just wasn’t paying attention.”
Mr Buntha estimated that the damages to the train cost about $4,000. A deal to work out the payment is being negotiated, he added.
“The damages are still being negotiated with the driver, but maybe the driver doesn’t have the money to cover the damages,” he said.
Mr Buntha said that even though people have been informed about the railway, there are no boom barriers or officers deployed to help signal oncoming trains.
San Seanho, governor of Poipet city, on Sunday called on people to be more mindful when crossing the track.
In a separate case, a drunken man was run over by a train yesterday in Phnom Penh, causing doctors to amputate one of his legs.
Im Kak, chief of Samroang Krom commune, said that the identity of the victim is currently unknown because the victim had a speech disability.
“The accident severely damaged his left foot and we contacted the military nearby to bring him to the military hospital,” he said.