Fifty garment workers were injured in a traffic accident yesterday in Svay Rieng province’s Svay Teap district.
Police said the driver of a truck carrying the workers crashed into the back of a gasoline truck.
The Labour Ministry reported that the truck was carrying 65 workers to their factories when the crash occurred at about 6.30am along the National Road 1 in Kandieng Reay commune.
“The injured workers were helped by local authorities and National Social Security Fund officials and were immediately sent to hospital for treatment,” a statement from the ministry noted.
The ministry added that none of the workers suffered life-threatening injuries.
A Svay Teap district police official said yesterday that the truck driver was careless because he did not keep enough safe space between his truck and the gasoline truck in front of him.
“The two trucks were too close to each other and the gasoline truck driver pressed the brakes to reduce his speed and then the truck with the workers could not stop in time,” he said. “It crashed into the gasoline truck and caused some injuries to the workers’ heads and bodies when they slammed into each other.”
He added that the gasoline truck driver did not stop after the crash.
“After we helped send workers to hospital, we took the truck that was carrying them to the district police station,” he said. “We also took its driver to the station for questioning.”
According to a report from the National Social Security Fund, there were 815 traffic accidents involving garment workers in the first six months of 2018, a 28 percent decrease when compared to the same period in 2017.
Labour Ministry spokesman Heng Sour yesterday said complete data for 2018 garment worker crashes has not yet been compiled.