Five people died and nine were injured in separate traffic accidents in Siem Reap and Svay Rieng provinces yesterday, including an entire family in Puok distirct.
A family of four died at the scene of one crash on National Road 6 in Siem Reap province’s Puok district.
District police chief Tep Pumsen said the accident happened at 9am. He said a car carrying five people crashed into a motorbike with four people, all of whom died.
He added that when police arrived at the scene, they could not find the driver of the car, who fled.
“The car driver was travelling in the wrong direction, causing all four people on the motorbike to die and the car leave the road,” he said.
He said the dead were a husband, wife and their two children.
“We are very sad to see one family dead in the same place. Police have sent their bodies to their relatives for their funeral as is the tradition,” he said.
The injured car passengers were sent to hospital in Puok and police were questioning them to find the identity of the driver.
In another road accident in Svay Rieng province, one person died and four were slightly injured in a crash involving a bus and a truck along National Road 1 in Svay Teap district’s Kandieng Reay commune.
A National Police report said the bus was travelling to Vietnam with 24 people when it crashed into the truck. Both drivers fled and are being sought by police The injured were sent to hospital in Svay Rieng province.
Run Rathveasna, director of the public order department, said there had been a lot of public education about the Traffic Law.
However, traffic accidents continued because of speeding, not respecting people turning, overtaking in dangerous conditions and driving while sleepy or under the influence of alcohol, he said.
“Drivers must be careful to reduce road accidents,” he said.
Last year, a total of 1,780 people died and 5,539 people were injured in traffic accidents. The National Police said there had been an increase in deaths and a decrease in injuries compared with the previous year.
There were 1,717 deaths and 6,607 injuries reported in 2016.