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Migrant workers injured in Battambang crash

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The driver fell asleep at the wheel. Supplied

More than 10 Cambodian migrant workers were injured in a traffic accident when a taxi van crashed into a tree in Battambang province as they were returning to Thailand to seek employment yesterday.

Deputy Thmar Koul district police chief Ing Sovann said the accident happened at 6.20am in Bansay Traeng commune when the driver fell asleep.

Mr Sovann said the van was carrying 16 passengers from Kampot province to the Cambodia-Thai border.

“Eleven of the passengers were hurt in the accident,” Mr Sovann said.

Mr Sovann added that all the passengers received medical treatment and returned to their home provinces following the crash.

He said the driver managed to flee before police arrived at the scene, but the damaged van was taken to the district police station for further investigation.

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.

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