At least 13 people were injured Monday evening after a drunk driver smashed his car into a truck transporting garment workers along National Road 2 in Takeo province’s Bati district, the Labour Ministry said yesterday.
The ministry yesterday issued a statement revealing that 11 people suffered minor injuries, while two suffered serious injuries.
The ministry said that 11 victims who suffered minor injuries were still being treated at a hospital in Bati district, while the two victims who were seriously injured were being treated at the Takeo provincial hospital.
The statement added that the National Social Security Fund should cover all medical expenses.
“NSSF is in charge of all fees related to treatment,” the statement said. “Workers should get well soon and resume their work.”
Ouch Phea, governor of Takeo province, said yesterday that provincial officials made a visit to the victims at the district hospital.
“After visiting them, we found that no one died during the accident, and most are fine,” Mr Phea said.
The drunk driver fled the scene of the crash before police arrived, but was later apprehended by Bati district police.
Em Tith, deputy chief of the public order department with Bati district police, confirmed the arrest yesterday evening.
“Now the car driver has been arrested and we have sent him to the provincial police for questioning and to make him provide compensation to the victims,” Mr Tith said.
Mr Tith could not provide the name of the driver, but noted that he was arrested while driving in the province.
Earlier this year, the Labour Ministry announced plans to launch a national policy to reduce the number of traffic accidents involving garment workers being driven to and from factories. The policy will encourage employers and driver to priorities road safety.
According to an annual report released by the NSSF, 2017 saw a 56 percent decrease in traffic accidents involving garment workers compared with 2016. There were 3,330 traffic accidents in 2017, compared with 7,592 cases in 2016, the report said.
It adeed that traffic accidents in 2017 caused 68 workers to die, 683 to get seriously injured and another 4,102 to suffer minor injuries.
In May, the NSSF found that about 20 percent of truck drivers transporting garment workers did not have a driver’s license.
The NSSF requested cooperation from relevant institutions to educate truck drivers in an effort to decrease traffic accidents involving garment workers.