Two Injured in Kampot Freight Train Crash

A freight train traveling from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville plowed into a cement company truck crossing the tracks in Kampot province on Wednesday afternoon, leaving the truck driver and his assistant with minor injuries, police said Thursday.

The driver of the Kampot Cement truck, which was transporting 25 tons of dry cement down a small dirt road in Kompong Trach district at about 4:30 p.m., attempted to rush across the tracks before the train arrived, but misjudged the speed of the locomotive, according to district traffic police chief Seng Ratana.

While the truck rolled onto its side and spilled its cargo, the train was not damaged and continued on its way after stopping briefly, Mr. Ratana said.

“The driver and co-driver of the truck were sent to a nearby clinic for medical treatment before traffic police arrived,” he added, explaining that the men suffered only minor injuries.

Mr. Ratana said Wednesday’s was the second crash involving a train that he could remember.

In 2010, a truck—also transporting cement—crashed into a train while attempting to cross the tracks in Angkor Chey district.

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