Two people died and several others were injured in a traffic accident in Mondulkiri province’s Sen Monorom commune on Tuesday when a truck carrying wood used for pepper farming careened into a valley.
Dorn Doeun, traffic section chief with Oraing district police, said two people died at the scene and ten others were hospitalised.
“There were 17 people on the truck. Two people died instantly at the scene, while the driver and his two assistants managed to escape before our police arrived,” he said.
“It was a truck transporting wood for pepper farming from Memot district of Tboung Khmum province to somewhere in Mondulkiri province,” he added. “There is no clear conclusion of the cause of the accident yet because we could not find people to talk to yet and the driver fled.”
Mr Doeun said a curve and slope in the road along the valley can be dangerous if drivers are speeding.
“The accident happened at about 12.45am where the road bends and slopes and we believe that the truck was driving so fast that the driver could not control it and fell into the valley,” he said, noting the truck fell about 30 metres.
The injured were sent to the Mondulkiri provincial referral hospital, he noted, while the truck remains in the valley because police have been unable to secure machinery to lift it out.
Mr Doeun said police are now searching for the driver, noting that the number plate of the truck should lead them to its owner.
Yim Chenda, chief of provincial traffic police bureau, could not be reached for comment.
There were 1,633 traffic accidents that led to 930 deaths in the first half of 2018, according to the National Police. In the same period last year, 1,914 traffic accidents lead to 931 deaths.