12 people injured in two truck accidents

Two separate accidents involving large trucks occurred yesterday and Tuesday, injuring a total of 12 people in Phnom Penh and Preah Sihanouk province.

Early yesterday morning in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district, a large container truck crashed into a motorbike carrying two passengers.

The accident, which happened on National Road 1 in Niroth commune, was the truck driver’s fault because he fell asleep while driving, said Heng Chantheary, municipal traffic police chief. Both passengers sustained broken legs in the crash.

“After he crashed into the motorbike, the truck crashed into two villagers’ homes and the driver, Ang Tob, 40, was stuck in the truck and seriously injured,” added Mr Chantheary.

Currently, police are waiting for the owner of the truck to pay compensation to the victims and the owners of the destroyed homes, he said.

In Preah Sihanouk province’s Kompong Seila district on Tuesday morning, a tourist bus crashed into an oil truck.

Hing Duong, district police chief, said that the accident happened when a car driver was trying to pass a Sokimex oil truck on a curved road. Coming down the other side of the road was a Mekong Express Bus carrying 39 passengers. When the bus driver swerved to avoid the car, he crashed into the oil truck instead.

Nine passengers on the bus suffered slight injuries, said Mr Duong, adding that two of them were British nationals while the other seven were Cambodians. Neither the truck driver nor the car driver was injured.

Employees at Mekong Express in Phnom Penh said they were aware of the accident but declined to comment on it.

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