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Family killed in head-on crash

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The car that smashed head-on into a motorbike carrying four people. Rasmei News

A family of four died in a head-on collision on National Road 68 in Oddar Meanchey province yesterday.

Puthi Ngob, provincial deputy police chief, said that the accident occurred at about 12.30pm, when a car smashed into a motorbike carrying four people — a wife, husband and their two children.

All four motorbike passengers died at the scene, he said, adding that police have confirmed they comprised one family.

A provincial police report issued last night said that the husband was driving the motorbike, wearing a helmet, but his wife and children were helmetless.

The report identifed the victims as An Tieng, the 37-year-old husband, and his wife Em Savoeun, 32, and their two children, a 10-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son.

Mr Ngob said that the accident took place on National Road 68 in Samraong commune’s Kandek village.

Cheab Sareap, Samraong city deputy police chief, said that the driver of the car was likely to blame as he was speeding and came around a bend in the road while not respecting the right of way, slamming into the motorbike head-on in its lane.

Mr Sareap identified the driver of the car as Srim Vy, 31, from Kampong Cham province, who has been arrested and is currently being detained at the provincial police station for questioning.

“The victims’ bodies were sent to the referral hospital to wait for their relatives to come and take them for funerals,” he said. The car driver that caused the accident has been detained and sent to the provincial police to take action according to legal procedures.”

In a separate incident, three people were killed and three others were seriously injured when a taxi tyre blew out while the vehicle was speeding, leading to a rollover in Stung Treng province on Saturday.

Last month, three people also died and nearly 20 others were injured in a traffic accident in Siem Reap province’s Chikreng district when a passenger bus careened off the road after the driver fell asleep.

According to a report by the National Police, there were 3,531 traffic accidents last year, leading to the deaths of 1,780 people while another 5,539 people were injured.

The report said that most traffic accidents were caused by speeding, not respecting the right of way, overtaking in dangerous conditions, and driving while drunk or sleepy.

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