62 Workers Injured in Bavet City Truck Crash

A truck transporting garment and footwear workers overturned in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet City on Tuesday morning, injuring 62 people, officials said.

The passengers were strewn across National Road 1 after the crash occurred at about 7:15 a.m., said Sear Sina, deputy city police chief.

“The truck overturned because the driver was driving carelessly,” Mr. Sina said.

“The truck was driving at high speed and it overturned to the right and the workers were thrown over the ground after the driver tried to overtake another vehicle.”

Officials were searching for the driver after he escaped on foot, he said.

Chan Dara, chief of the provincial referral hospital, said it received 28 workers with injuries ranging from heavy gashes to broken bones, but none were thought to be life-threatening.

The crash is the latest in a long line of collisions involving workers in and around Bavet City, where many factories are located.

In May, 74 workers were hospitalized when their vehicle overturned, while 18 garment workers died last year in a high-speed crash.

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