Three people died and another seven were seriously injured in a traffic accident yesterday along National Road 4 in Preah Sihanouk province’s Kampong Sela district.
Nhem Reaksmey, Kampong Sela district deputy police chief, said a truck carrying 11 people from Phnom Penh to the province overturned after losing control.
“We concluded that the driver was speeding as he tried to overtake another car,” he said. “He could not control the truck at that speed, causing him to lose control, veer off the road and have the truck overturn.”
Mr Reaksmey said three people died in the crash, each from different province looking for work in Preah Sihanouk.
He added that the driver was seriously injured and was sent to hospital.
“Traffic accidents happen a lot because drivers do not know the roads and do not respect each other while driving,” said Mr Reakmey. “We do not know yet if the driver was drunk or not because he lost consciousness.”
On Sunday, 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 in Koh Kong province’s Botum Sakor district.
From November 11, 2017, until November 10 this year there were 3,430 accidents, resulting in 1,932 deaths and 5,159 injuries, the Interior Ministry’s public order department reported last week. In 2017, 1,780 people died in traffic crashes.