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Woman dies in gas tank explosion in Banteay Meanchey

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Onlookers record firefighters as they battle the blaze. Hea Ti Long

A noodle vendor was killed on Monday night in a gas explosion while two others sustained critical injuries after a speeding car smashed into a row of streetside gas vendors in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet city.

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Poipet city police chief Colonel Thin Sindeth yesterday said that the traffic accident occurred at about 11pm on Monday when a speeding car first hit the noodle vendor’s motorbike, then another motorbike before crashing into a gas tank and bottles full of gas on the streetside.

“A 29-year-old woman identified as Ny Soda, a noodle vendor, died, and two men suffered serious injuries,” Col Sindeth said. “They are receiving medical treatment in a hospital.”

Col Sindeth said after the car smashed into the streetside gas vendors and the gas tank, a large explosion was ignited, followed by multiple smaller ones and a raging inferno.

The fire razed six streetside gas vendor stalls, along with six stalls being used to sell various goods. A motorcycle repair shop, two cars, and three motorcycles were also destroyed.

Col Sindeth noted that officers used 14 water tankers to bring the fire under control by 3am yesterday.

The explosion led to an inferno which damaged cars and vendors’ stalls. Hea Ti Long

“Now, police have temporarily closed the site to take further action,” he said.

Provincial Governor Oum Reatrey yesterday visited the scene and expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased.

“After checking the site with the city and relevant authorities, I shared condolences with the victim’s family,” Mr Reatrey said, adding that the family held a funeral at Srah Trach pagoda.

He said that one of the two injured was Ms Soda’s husband.

An Interior Ministry Fire Department report issued recently noted that in the first nine months of this year, 556 fires occurred, an increase of 122 compared with the same period last year.

It said the fires claimed a dozen lives this year and left 85 others injured, while 534 homes were destroyed.

According a National Police report, during the first nine months of this year, 988 traffic accidents occurred, killing 488 people and injuring 1,494, an increase of 238 cases compared with the same period last year.

It said that the number of deaths increased by 105 and injuries increased by 446.

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