Eight Killed in Traffic Accidents Over New Year

Eight people were killed and 21 injured in 15 serious traffic accidents during the Khmer New Year in Phnom Penh, municipal traffic police Chief Tin Prasoer said Wednesday.

Last year, one person died and 20 were injured as a result of 10 accidents in the capital over the New Year festival, Tin Prasoer added.

On National Road 1 in Svay Rieng province, a 13-year-old boy was killed and 10 people were injured Monday when a bus crash­ed into a motorbike at about 6 am, Svay Chrum district police Chief Ngin Sophal said.

Two of the severely injured were sent to Phnom Penh hospitals, while the others were sent to the closer Svay Rieng provincial hospital, said Kuch Sitha, the hospital’s director of referral.

Traffic jams also plagued provincial roads as holiday travelers headed back to the capital Wednesday.

Hardest hit was the stretch of National Road 1 leading to the Mekong River ferry at Neak Leung, where traffic was reportedly backed up at least 1 km.

Cars, trucks and buses waited two and sometimes three hours to board ferries, said Seng Sopheak, deputy Prey Veng province police chief.

“Although we have three ferries in service for passengers to cross the river, we cannot help them on time because [the number of] vehicles keeps increasing,” he said.

On Thursday “there will be increasing traffic jams because people are moving back from their native lands,” he said.

Authorities in Kompong Cham province reported that one person died and six were injured in traffic accidents during the holiday season, said Nuon Samin, Kompong Cham provincial police chief.

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