Two Chinese nationals and four Cambodians, all staff of a sugar company in Preah Vihear province, were injured in a traffic accident on Sunday morning when the car they were travelling in collided with an oil truck in Kulen district’s Srayong commune.
Provincial police reported that the accident happened at about 8am. A white Ford pick-up, driven by one of the Chinese and travelling from Preah Vihear to Siem Reap province, encroached into the lane of an oncoming oil truck belonging to BVM Petroleum and crashed into it.
Hov Da, district police chief of staff, said all six people in the pick-up truck were reported to have sustained minor injuries while the driver of the oil truck emerged unscathed.
“The driver of the oil truck was not injured and did not flee because he was not in the wrong. It was at a curve and the pick-up truck was travelling at high speed and then encroached upon the lane of the oil truck and hit it head-on,” he said. “We brought them to the commune health centre, but later his friends brought them to Prampi Makara Hospital in the province.”
Mr Da could not provide the identities of the victims but said they were employees of the Chinese-owned Rui Feng sugar company which has been in a land dispute with indigenous people over the clearing of land for a sugarcane plantation.
Neither officials from Rui Feng nor BVM Petroleum could not be reached for comment yesterday.
“The Chinese have not come for settlement yet because they are still being treated. We also haven’t been able to find a translator. Along with the two Chinese, there are two women and two children who are Cambodian who sustained minor injuries,” Mr Da said.
“After the accident, the big truck was kept with the military police and the Ford pick-up truck was sent to the district police office.”