PP head-on lorry collision kills three and seriously injures two

(Phnom Penh) : Three people were killed and two severely injured in a head-on collision on Wednesday morning between a car and a lorry carrying piles of iron rods in the capital’s Kantaok commune in Por Sen Chey district.

Yim Saran, the district police chief, said the incident occurred on National Road 4 at about 4:30am, and that police were searching for the victims’ relatives.

According to Saran, witness accounts suggested that the lorry was travelling westward at high speed when it crashed with a Toyota Camry, carrying three people which was travelling from the opposite direction.

The driver and a passenger on the car, as well as the husband of the woman who drove the lorry, were killed on the spot.

The lorry driver and another car passenger, he said, sustained critical injuries.

“We examined the scene after the accident happened. We moved the vehicles out of the ditch and recovered the remains from under the piles of iron rods,” Saran said.

He said the remains of the deceased had been sent to Teuk Thla pagoda and that the injured victims were admitted to Bek Chan clinic.

Saran said the municipal police had taken over the case for further action.

Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation country director Kim Pagna said weak law enforcement attributes to road accidents.

He stressed that efforts to raise the public’s awareness of the matter must be continuously advocated.

“Please take the necessary precautions to avoid accidents, especially at night time and during the holidays when most crashes happen,” he said.

At least 1,761 people were reportedly killed and 4,770 others injured in 3,267 traffic accidents nationwide last year, a report released in January by the National Police’s Traffic and Public Order Department said.

It stated that the number of accidents had decreased by seven per cent in comparison to the same period in 2017. The number of deaths and injuries also declined by one and 14 per cent, respectively.

The report further concluded that, in Cambodia, five people were killed by traffic accidents every day.