Six Cambodians Killed, 24 Hurt in Thailand Van Crash

Six Cambodians were killed and more than 20 others injured in Thailand on Wednesday morning when the van they were traveling in overturned, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ministry spokesman Chun Sounry said the 30 Cambodians in the van had entered Thailand illegally in search of work and were traveling through Sa Kaeo province, which borders Banteay Meanchey province, at the time of the accident.

“Thirty Cambodians were in the van when it overturned, but I do not have details about what happened,” he said.

“Six of them, three men and three women, died in the van.”

Mr. Sounry said the other 24 passengers were sent to the hospital in Sa Kaeo, two with serious injuries.

He said the Thai driver was arrested and that the Foreign Affairs Ministry was in the process of securing a lawyer in hopes of winning compensation for the families of the injured Cambodians, but noted that the group’s undocumented status in Thailand could make this difficult.

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