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Kampong Thom police look into Santuk district car accident

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Police say the SUV hit the minivan head-on. KHI News Daily

Police officers in Kampong Thom province are investigating a traffic accident that occurred in Santuk district yesterday morning.

Lieutenant Colonel Mao Chanthy, chief of district police, yesterday said nine people were injured in the accident.

Lt Col Chanthy said the accident involved an SUV and a minivan, occurring at about 4.30am yesterday on National Road 6 in Kor Koh commune’s Sala Santuk village.

“I cannot say who was in the wrong because there was no witness,” he said, adding police officers are looking into the accident. “It happened when it was dark and everyone was sleeping.”

According to a district police report, three people in a Toyota Highlander were travelling from Kampong Thom province to Phnom Penh when it crashed into a minivan carrying six people.

The report said all six people, including both drivers, were sent to the provincial referral hospital for medical attention.

“According to our preliminary conclusion, the driver of the Highlander was either sleepy or he was driving on the wrong lane,” Lt Col Chanthy said, adding police will speak to the drivers after their injuries have been treated.

He said traffic accidents in his district increased last year when compared to 2018.

Lt Col Chanthy said an increase in traffic accidents is a nationwide trend.

In other news, a dozen workers out of 24 workers in Sihanoukville were injured after their truck’s brake failed while going downhill.

Brigadier General Y Sokha, deputy chief of provincial police, said all 24 were construction workers.

“Twelve construction workers were slightly injured and they were sent to a hospital,” Brig Gen Sokha said. “So far, many of them have left the hospital.”

According to the National Police, there were 4,121 traffic accidents in 2019, causing the deaths of 1,981 people and the injuring of 3,919.

It said in 2018 there were 3,267 accidents which killed 1,761 and injured 4,770.

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