Train Kills Man Who Slept on Tracks After Quarrel

Children taking cattle to graze in a field found the body of a 30-year-old man along a set of train tracks in Kampot province on Wednesday, an official said.

The man, Real Khna, was struck and killed at about 3 a.m. by a freight train traveling from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, said Sok Mala, traffic police chief in Kampot’s Banteay Meas district.

According to witnesses, Real Khna returned home after drinking with friends on Tuesday night, then argued with his mother and broke a television set before leaving the house with a backpack, Mr. Mala said.

Officials believe he then fell asleep on the tracks, he said.

“He should not have been angry about his mother’s advice to be a good person, and he should not have fallen asleep on the rails.”

The fatality came five days after a similar accident in Phnom Penh.

In that case, a 29-year-old man was run over by a freight train at about 11 p.m. on Friday while sleeping on a section of track about 30 meters from his rented house in Pur Senchey district, an official said at the time.

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