Bus Driver and Assistant Charged in Fatal Crash

The Kompong Cham Provincial Court on Thursday charged a Kampuchea Angkor Express bus driver and his assistant with causing unintentional injury after they crashed into the back of a tractor on National Road 71A in Chamkar Loeu district on Monday, injuring the tractor driver and his two passengers, officials said.

Noun Phal, deputy provincial traffic police chief, said on Thursday afternoon that the court had issued a detention order for bus driver Lim Pisey, 28, as well as for his assistant, Dot Hak Koub, 28, which he said seemed unfair.

“I don’t understand why the court also charged the bus driver’s assistant with driving that caused injuries to somebody unintentionally,” he said.

He added that insurance company representatives had visited the court on behalf of the bus company, but that a compromise was not reached with the victims, so the court decided to imprison the men.

“Now the bus driver and his assistant are in Kompong Cham Provincial Prison,” Mr. Phal said.

Deputy provincial prosecutor Sun Mony explained that Mr. Hak Koub was charged along with Mr. Pisey because he encouraged the driver to flee the scene.

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