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Road accidents kill 49 Cambodians

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PHNOM PENH, September 24, (Xinhua) — Road accidents have killed 49 people and injured 305 others in Cambodia during the celebrations of Pchum Ben, or honoring-the-dead festival, from Sept. 20 to 24, the National Police said on Wednesday evening.
The report posted on the National Police website said the number of the dead was up 75 percent from only 28 deaths over the same period of last year’s celebrations, while the number of the injured went up by 34 percent from 227 injuries last year.
“Some 64 percent of the victims were motorcycle travelers,” the website reported.
“Forty-three percent of the accidents were caused by high-speed driving, 12 percent by alcohol driving, 11 percent by overtaking, and the rest of the accidents were due to neglect driving and violation of traffic law.”
The accidents left 171 motorcycles, 41 cars, and seven trucks damaged.
Pchum Ben festival is the country’s second largest festival after lunar New Year.

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