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Some 30 garment workers injured in crash in Takeo

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Thirty are injured as truck transporting garment workers overturns. DAP News

About 30 garment workers sustained injuries yesterday morning in Takeo province’s Treang district when the flatbed truck they were traveling in flipped over, an official said.

Provincial National Social Security Fund official Kem Channarith said the accident happened at about 6.40am yesterday morning when the truck overturned because the steering wheel malfunctioned.

Mr Channarith said more than 20 workers sustained slight injuries while seven others were seriously injured.

“Workers with serious injuries were sent to the Provincial Referral Hospital for treatment. Fortunately, their condition is not severe. Some had cuts while others had broken bones. The National Social Security Fund is responsible for paying the hospital bills,” he said.

Treang district deputy chief of police Lieutenant Colonel Cheav Sokha said the accident was caused by a steering wheel malfunction, which occurred while the vehicle was speeding.

He said the driver was identified as Ngen Sorn, 41 and the truck has been impounded by local authorities.

According to the annual NSSF report issued in February, 1,554 traffic accidents involving garment workers occurred in 2019. Of these, 43 cases involved motorcycles, 1,437 cases with motorbikes, nine cases with moto-remorques, 12 cases with bicycles and 53 cases with pedestrians.

It said 50 garment workers died while 2,006 workers were injured, 341 of whom sustained critical injuries.

It added 1,615 people were slightly injured in traffic accidents last year, with failure to adhere to traffic rules, speeding, rash overtaking and lack of vehicle maintenance as primary reasons.

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