'Speeding' driver kills one, injures five in Kampong Chhnang

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A truck driver who was speeding and lost control of the vehicle causing it to overturn killed one worker and injured five others on the vehicle in Kampong Chhnang Province’s Khna Chhmar commune on April 19. Police

A truck driver who was speeding and lost control of the vehicle causing it to overturn killed one worker and injured five others on the vehicle in Kampong Chhnang Province’s Khna Chhmar commune on April 19.

Provincial police are searching for the driver who fled.

The incident, in the commune’s Khna Kandal village of Samaki Meanchey district, occurred while the driver, Vong Boeun, 35, was dropping off workers at home from a garment factory.

District police chief Seng Chenda said on April 20 that provincial traffic police, including district police, are searching to arrest the driver.

"He was the driver, but he avoided responsibility. He has to face the law. The deceased worker, Yet Sokhen, 35, and five other workers with broken arms were immediately sent to Kampong Chhnang Provincial Referral Hospital after the incident,” he said.

Chenda said that the truck left the garment factory carrying 30 workers. Boeun had dropped off most of the workers, but the road was narrow and Boeun was speeding and came off the road causing the truck to overturn and the ensuing casualties.

He added that after the truck overturned, Boeun did not inform the Khna Chhmar commune authorities. However, residents reported the crash to commune authorities and the police went to the accident site.

After the incident, the police towed the truck to the Samaki Meanchey district police to wait for a legal settlement. He has already made a report to the Kampong Chhnang provincial police.