Four people died and 11 others were injured after a truck carrying 15 people lost control, veered off the road and tumbled down a hillside yesterday in Koh Kong province.
Colonel Sok Phorn, chief of Botum Sakor district police, said the accident occurred at about 12:30pm in the district’s Andoung Toek commune.
“So far, four people have died,” Col Phorn said. “Five others were seriously injured, the rest were slightly injured.”
He added that the truck was carrying passengers to perform at a concert in Khemara Phoumint city and that the driver was at fault.
“We’ve concluded that the truck driver did not know the road very well and did not apply his brakes properly,” Col Phon said.
Kao Sinara, section chief of district traffic police, yesterday said police are still working to identify the victims.
“I can confirm that two men and two women died,” Mr Sinara said. “The driver was careless, he did not know the roads of Koh Kong province and his truck’s brakes were broken.”
Major General Ty Long, deputy director of the province’s public order department, said traffic accidents occur in the province because of reckless driving.
“The problems lie in speeding and lack of respect for traffic laws,” Maj Gen Long said. “Enforcement by our own officers is not enough, we all have to join together to address traffic issues.”
According to the Interior Ministry’s public order department, from November 11, 2017, until November 10 this year there were 3,430 accidents, resulting in 1,932 deaths and 5,159 injuries.
It said most accidents occurred in Phnom Penh with 649 cases, followed by Kandal province with 233 cases, Preah Sihanouk province with 218, Battambang province with 204, Kampong Cham province with 183, Kratie province with 177 and Kampot province with 170.
It also noted that 3,530 motorbikes, 2,310 cars, SUVs and trucks, and 255 vehicles of other types were damaged in the accidents.