Families Seek Compensation for Bus Crash

Relatives of the five people killed Aug 15 when the motorcycle taxi they were traveling on collided with a tourist bus in Siem Reap province have lodged complaints for $12,500 in compensation, police said Thursday.

Three adults and two children died when they were hit head on by the tour bus, which was traveling on the wrong side of the road as it attempted to pass a slower vehicle on National Route 6 in Siem Reap province, said Lem Sovann, chief of the Siem Reap Traffic Police’s Accident Investi­gation Department.

The relatives of a mother and her two children killed in the accident are seeking $6,000 compensation. In addition, $3,000 is being sought by the relatives of a 41-year-old-man who also died and $3,500 for the motorcycle taxi driver, who also died, Lem Sovann said.

A staff member at the Sin Yi Cambodia Investment Co Ltd, which owns the tour bus, said  Thursday that the bus driver fled the accident scene and has since been fired.

“Now our company has stopped hiring that man to work with our company. He was careless with his work,” said the staff member, who declined to be identified.

The issue of compensation should be taken up with the Cambodia National Insurance Co, the staff member added.

Caminco Director General Vong Sandap said Thursday that two representatives of the insurance company have been sent to Siem Reap to work out a compensation package “which both parties can accept.”


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