Four immigration police officers were killed and another injured yesterday when their SUV crashed with a cement truck in Kampot province’s Toek Chhou district.
Colonel Sam Ouk, district police chief, identified the dead as Colonel Sngoeun Sarath, 37, Lieutenant Colonel Tan Pheng, 37, Lieutenant Colonel Nhip Virak, 48, and Lieutenant Colonel Khy Lok, 35, all from the Prek Chak International Immigration checkpoint.
He identified the injured officer as Captain Thai Virak, 35, the checkpoint’s deputy chief in charge of visas.
Col Ouk noted that Cap Pheng’s injuries were serious and he was taken to Vietnam for treatment.
He said the accident occurred at about 3am along National Road 33 in Chum Kriel commune.
“When police arrived, three of the officers were already dead at the scene while two of them were injured,” Col Ouk said. “They were ferried to the provincial referral hospital, but one of them died on the way.”
He added that the officers were travelling in a Highlander and crashed into the back of the cement truck which did not have its rear lights on.
He noted that the impact from the SUV caused the truck to move about 700 metres, leading police to believe that it was travelling at a high speed.
Col Ouk said that the truck driver was unhurt and fled the scene, leading police to suspect that he was to blame for the accident.
“We have not determined the cause of the accident yet,” he said. “The highway was dark and its surface was covered in sand.”
The National Police Department of Traffic and Public Order recently reported that from January to June this year, there were 2,161 traffic accidents in the Kingdom which killed 1,028 people and injured another 3,261.
It said that during the same period last year, there were 1,633 traffic accidents with 930 deaths and 2,399 injuries.