Three people were killed, including a four-year-old boy, and three others were injured yesterday when a speeding ambulance crashed into their tuk-tuk on National Road 5 in Kandal province.
Ponhea Lueu district police captain Om Sophat said the accident occurred at about 5.15am in Kampong Loung commune.
“Three people died instantly at the scene, while the other three were seriously injured in the traffic accident when an ambulance slammed into the back of the tuk-tuk,” Cap Sophat said, adding that the three injured passengers were sent to a hospital in Phnom Penh for treatment.
Cap Sophat said the ambulance was not carrying a patient and that the driver of the ambulance fled the scene, abandoning the ambulance nearby.
“The driver did not stop and continued on the national road to abandon the ambulance on a plot of land about two kilometres away from the scene before fleeing,” Cap Sophat said.
“The ambulance is now being held at the district police station pending our investigation.”
Cap Sophat said that the ambulance belongs to a private clinic in Kampong Chhnang province, named Te Vanna, and that it was on the way back to the clinic after dropping a patient off in Phnom Penh.
Cap Sophat added that police are now seeking the driver to arrest him.
In the first half of 2017, 919 people died on the country’s roads, up from 908 in the first six months of 2016, according to a recent National Road Safety Committee report.
The report added that 36 percent of crashes were caused by speeding and 11 percent by drunk driving. The remainder could be attributed to disobeying rules of the road.