10 Dead, 5 Injured in Separate Car Wrecks Friday

Two separate car crashes on Fri­day evening left 10 people dead and five critically injured in Battambang and Kompong Cham provinces, po­lice officials said on Sunday.

In Battambang’s Mong Russei dis­trict, a three-vehicle collision be­tween a tractor, the car of a two-star po­­lice general, and a pickup truck carrying two high-ranking Interior Ministry officials and a villager left all three in the truck dead, said Moek Heng, Battambang provincial traffic police chief.

At 6:50 pm on Friday, General Heng Hak was involved in a collision with a tractor driven by villager Dos Saroeun, 30, Moek Heng said.

The pickup truck, carrying Huy Kivatanak, 54, head of the Interior Min­is­try’s Administration De­partment and driven at high speed by his dep­uty, Eim Chhoy, 35, then plow­ed into the first two vehicles and roll­­ed off the road into a canal, he said.

The pair died instantly, along with a third person in the vehicle, Ka­kos commune villager Nheim Mom, 30, according to Moek Heng.

An investigation by his department has found that their truck was speeding, he added.

“We are very sorry that our two police officials died by sinking into the water with their vehicle,” said Moek Heng.

The pair were in Battambang for the inauguration of a provincial government building by Prime Minis­ter Hun Sen the following day, he said.

Heng Hak was not injured, while Dos Saroeun is being treated for cri­tical injuries at Battambang prov­incial hospital, Moek Heng said.

In Kompong Cham on Friday evening, an overloaded pickup truck went off the road, killing sev­en passengers, said Keo Sam­ne­ang, Me­mot district deputy police chief.

He said police suspected the driver of the pickup truck, which was carrying 14 passengers and various goods from Mondolkiri province, had fallen asleep at the wheel and lost control of his vehicle.

The passengers killed included one person from Prey Veng prov­ince, two from Kompong Speu prov­­ince and four from Kompong Cham province, said Keo Sam­neang.


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