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Driver dies in high-speed crash in Phnom Penh

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The driver crashed while approaching a roundabout. Nokor Wat

A driver was killed and two passengers were seriously injured in a high-speed traffic accident on National Road 6A yesterday.

The crash occurred as an Audi SUV was heading toward Phnom Penh at the Chroy Changva roundabout in Chroy Changva district.

Chroy Changva commune police chief Chan Bunthoeun said the victims were taken to Calmette Hospital, where one was pronounced dead.

“The driver was not drunk. He just drove too fast over the speed limit, hit a big billboard and knocked it to the ground,” he said. “After the accident, which was at around 3am, the vehicle got an electric problem and was about to catch fire.”

“Local people nearby and police went to help open the door and bring the victims out and one fire truck came in time to put it out,” he added.

Mr Bunthoeun said the driver probably did not know there was a roundabout ahead because there were no reflectors and he was driving too fast.

“They were travelling from the province into the city. That site is prone to accidents because the roundabout landscaping is too curved and is hard to recognise at night when it is dark,” he said. “Because he was at a high speed, he could not control the steering. He hit the roundabout curb and continued on to hit a billboard on the side of the road, bringing it to the ground and overturning the vehicle.”

The National Police identified the dead driver as Soy San, 29, from Kampong Thom province.

District police chief Siem Sothavuth said that after the accident the case was sent to the traffic bureau of the municipal police.

In a separate case in Kampong Cham city, police arrested the driver of a cassava truck who was seen speeding in heavy traffic at a roundabout, leaving two people injured on Tuesday night.

Security camera footage released on social media showed the loaded truck encroaching on the wrong lane through heavy traffic, hitting cars and motorbikes.

City deputy traffic police chief Sien Youseng said the driver, Ly Kimlun, 29, was found to be on drugs.

“He was transporting cassava from Vietnam, crossing Kampong Cham province to another province,” he said. “No one died in the accident, but one person was slightly injured and another one seriously injured.”

Mr Youseng said the victims were brought to the provincial referral hospital and the driver is being held at the city police office.

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