A drunk and emotionally unstable man was killed by a freight train on Friday as he slept beside a railway track in Kep province.
Keo Bora, Damnak Chang Eur district deputy police in charge of forensics, said the man had been drunk for two or three days.
“When he got drunk, he could not control his feelings,” Mr Bora said.
“Actually, he did not sleep on the track, but close to the track. The train might have pulled him on to the track when it passed by. The train did not stop.”
The man’s body had been handed over to relatives after an autopsy.
Mr Bora said barriers, signals and staff on stand-by were present at every crossing, and the train always honked to warn those on the track.
“However, it is hard to control tracks in remote areas,” he said.
John Guiry, CEO of Royal Railway, said the company had installed signals and staff at crossings but the most common problem for train drivers was that they could not differentiate between rubbish bags and drunk or sleeping people on the tracks in the dark.