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Missing Battambang man found dead on train track

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The chief of Tuol Ta Ek commune in the provincial Battambang city yesterday reported a man’s body was found on a train track after he had gone missing.

Samrith Chhorn, the commune chief, said residents found the body of 31-year-old Un Sokunthea yesterday after he was reported missing Sunday night.

Mr Chhorn said police revealed after an autopsy Mr Sokunthea was drunk when he was hit by a train shortly after he had gone missing.

“Before he went missing, his family said he was drunk,” he said. “His body was found on the train track and his death was ruled an accident.”

Mr Chhorn added Mr Sokunthea’s body has been returned to his family for a funeral.

He said people should be careful when walking on train tracks.

“[The victim] was drunk…he lost consciousness [on the track],” Mr Chhorn said. “It was an accident…the victim was not careful with himself.”

In November, a man was decapitated by a train in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district. Police said the man was a drug addict who went missing.

In 2018, the Transportation Ministry issued a warning calling on residents to be careful when walking on the Poipet-Battambang railway due to several accidents that had occurred.

It said residents must respect the train’s right of way by keeping at least 3.5 metres away from train tracks.

It added residents must also be careful when crossing tracks because a train will always have the right of way.

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