Early Morning Phnom Penh Crash Kills Three

A 21-year-old driver traveling at high speed crashed into an oncoming van in Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changva district early on Tuesday morning, killing himself and two migrant workers who had just returned from a vacation in South Korea, police said.

Seang Phearum was driving his Toyota SUV alone on National Road 6 just after midnight when the collision happened, said Cheach Serei, Prek Liep commune police chief.

“The driver was driving at a very fast speed, and his Toyota SUV accidentally smashed into the road divider, then smashed into the lamppost and went flying into the opposite lane,” he said.

Swerving across the road, the driver struck the vehicle carrying the migrant workers, he said.

The SUV driver and one of the van passengers were killed on impact, while the third person died en route to a hospital, he said.

The crash may have happened because the SUV driver fell asleep, said Mr. Serei and Meach Hong, deputy district police chief.

“When he woke up, he might have turned from the bend on the road, then his SUV smashed the road divider and caused the accident,” Mr. Hong said.

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