Nearly 40 dead in crashes over Chinese New Year

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The accidents were mainly caused by drunk driving and overtaking. Supplied

Nearly 40 people died and another 70 were injured in 54 traffic accidents over the three-day Chinese New Year.

According to a report from the National Police, there were 54 traffic accidents from Thursday to Saturday, six less than Chinese New Year in 2017.

“The traffic accidents killed 37 people, while another 74 were injured, 51 of them seriously,” the report noted.

The report added that five more people died from traffic accidents this year if compared to last year’s Chinese New Year, but injuries decreased by 23 people.

“The provinces with the most traffic accidents were Kandal, Kampong Thom, Kampot, Prey Veng, Siem Reap, Pursat, Kampong Chhnang, Ratanakkiri and Preah Sihanouk,” the report said.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen called for people to drive carefully over the three-day celebration.

The report said drunk driving and overtaking were leading causes of the crashes.

A separate report noted that seven fires occurred over the three days, damaging six houses, 34 rental rooms and one pagoda hall.

The fire report said electrical faults, unattended candles and fire stoves led to the fires.

A total of 1,780 people died and 5,539 people were injured in traffic accidents nationwide in 2017.

There were 1,717 deaths and 6,607 injuries reported in 2016.

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