A gasoline tanker burst into flames in Preah Sihanouk province on Thursday morning after attempting to overtake a pair of cars on National Road 4, according to local police.
A container truck traveling in the opposite direction was also consumed by the blaze, but both drivers sustained only minor injuries as they leapt to safety, said Prom Pov, chief of the provincial traffic police bureau.
“The gasoline truck tried to overtake two small cars but failed and then overturned onto its left side,” Mr. Pov said, adding that the container truck—whose owner is unknown—lurched to a stop just short of the fallen Tela Kampuchea tanker.
“When the gasoline truck overturned, the gasoline spilled out and caught fire, and the flames spread to the other truck until it caught fire, too,” he said.
The blaze was finally extinguished by a trio of fire trucks—one each from the provincial police, the local Mong Reththy Group and Tela itself—at about 1:30 p.m., three hours after the accident, Mr. Pov said.
Representatives of Tela could not be reached.