Three garment workers died and another 26 were injured in a traffic accident on Wednesday evening in Kampong Speu province’s Samraong Torng district.
Chek Borin, provincial labour department director, yesterday said that three workers died on the way to hospital while another 26 were injured, five of whom were seriously injured.
He said that the accident occurred at 6.30pm when the workers were on their way home and travelling on National Road 41 in Samraong Torng district’s Sen Dei commune.
“The three workers who died were riding on motorbikes in front of the workers’ truck when another pick-up truck driving in the opposite direction at a high speed hit the motorbikes and truck,” Mr Borin said.
He added that after receiving information about accident, he went down to the scene along with provincial Governor Vei Samnang and other officials to help the workers and send them to hospital.
“This accident was not caused by the workers’ truck,” Mr Borin said. “We had educated and disseminated information about the traffic law to more than 1,300 truck drivers and they have changed their driving attitude in order to avoid accidents.”
He said that all truck drivers have a driver’s license.
Brigadier General Tab Lon, provincial deputy police chief, yesterday said that the suspect who caused the accident escaped from the scene while the workers’ truck driver was injured.
He said that three workers who died were Taing Kimly, 23, Taing Kimcheng 23, and Siha, 27. They died on the way to hospital.
Pav Sina, president of Collective Union of Movement of Workers, yesterday said that it was important for traffic police officers to place roadside checkpoints along the roads where workers pass through.
“I think if there are traffic police, or any armed forces, deployed along the roads in front of a factory or where workers pass through every day, to monitor speeding vehicles, the rate of traffic accidents involving workers will decrease,” Mr Sina said.
He added that the government and factory owners have to provide safe transportation for workers as well.
According to the National Social Security Fund, in the first semester this year, there were 766 accidents involving garment workers, resulting in 24 deaths and 944 injuries.
“Twenty cases involved lorries carrying workers to work, 705 involved motorbikes, six involved tuk-tuks, six involved bicycles and 29 cases involved pedestrians,” the NSSF said in its report.
It noted that in the same period last year, 815 traffic accidents involving garment workers occurred, killing 16 and injuring 882 others.