At least two construction workers died and seven were seriously injured in Koh Kong province on Monday after a truck that was transporting them to a job site ran off a windy road and rolled down an embankment, police and a hospital official said.
Sun Khiem, chief of police in the province’s Koh Kong district, said the driver lost control of the truck on a notoriously treacherous stretch of road in Tatai Krom commune at about 11:30 a.m. Monday. He said the vehicle’s brakes failed while the driver was attempting to round a corner at high speed.
“So far, we have three people dead at the scene and 15 injured,” Mr. Khiem said, adding that the driver was among those wounded and that all 18 had been sent to the Koh Kong Provincial Referral Hospital.
“Most of them broke their legs and arms and hit their heads on rocks,” he said.
Hay Layson, acting director of the provincial hospital, however, said that only two of the 18 workers died, adding that of seven deemed seriously injured, three were in critical condition, two of whom had only a 20 percent chance of living.
In a statement, the Labor Ministry said that three people died in the accident.
Photos posted online by local media show the mangled truck at the bottom of the embankment, bodies strewn in the grass nearby.
Speaking from the hospital, Youn Ra, 37, said he and the other workers had been hired to build a gas station in Koh Kong and had been on their way to the project site from Siem Reap province when the accident occurred.
“I sustained injuries to my head, knee and chest…and now I find it hard to breathe,” he said.