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Garment worker killed in road accident

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The truck that struck the motorbike-riding workers. Swift News

One garment worker died and two others were seriously injured in a traffic accident yesterday in Kampong Cham’s Cherng Prey district.

Chea Se, a district police officer, said the three workers were travelling on a single motorbike to work when a careless truck driver crashed into them from behind.

“One died at the scene and the other two were badly hurt,” he said. “The truck driver did not escape. Police arrested him at the scene.”

Mr Se identified the truck driver as Choeung Nin, 55, and noted that he is being detained for questioning.

“People need to stop speeding on the roads and begin obeying traffic laws,” he added. “It’s so sad that our people often die and get injured in traffic crashes.”

A National Police general department of traffic and public order report published last month said that 1,633 traffic accidents lead to 930 deaths in the first half of 2018. In the same period last year, 1,914 traffic accidents lead to 931 deaths.

Mr Se identified the deceased as Chim Khum, 25, and the two injured workers as Khorn Srey Toch, 24, and Oeun Lim, 25.

The National Social Security Fund released a statement saying that medical costs are being covered for the injured and funds will be provided to aid the family of the deceased with a funeral.

“Their situation was very serious,” the statement noted. “One died at the scene and the other two suffered serious injuries to their heads.”

“They were sent to Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh,” it added.

On Wednesday, a truck carrying 26 garment workers in Kandal province was involved in an accident in Ang Snuol district, leaving ten workers slightly injured.

While on March 18, one garment worker died and a dozen others were injured when a five-tonne truck veered into their minibus on National Road 2 in Takeo province’s Bati district when the workers were travelling home from their factory.

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