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Farmer killed, 12 injured in Ratanakkiri crash

Ros Chanveasna / Khmer Times Share:
The tractor involved in the fatal crash. Supplied

A man was killed and 12 were injured when a car slammed into a tractor in Ratanakkiri on Monday.

District police officer Eang Savorn said the accident occurred on National Road 76 when a car crashed into a tractor transporting 13 local farmers from their job harvesting soybeans to their homes in the district.

“One farmer died instantly, while the other 12 were injured, five seriously,” Mr Savorn said.

“They are now being treated at the provincial hospital.”​ The driver, Phorn Raksmey, 33, managed to flee before police arrived at the scene, but the damaged car was taken along with the tractor, allowing his identification.

The police are searching for Mr Raksmey.

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.

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