Five Cambodian Garment Sector Workers Lose Arms in Truck Accident

Five Cambodian women have lost limbs after the overloaded truck they and other garment industry workers were riding was involved in an accident with another truck in Kampong Speu province. One other worker suffered a broken hand and two others were slightly injured.

Provincial governor Vie Samnang, in an interview with RFA’s Khmer Service Thursday, said the accident happened when one truck tried to pass the other and they collided. The workers who lost their arms had been holding the side of the truck to brace themselves.

The governor said that 41 workers were packed into the truck when the accident occurred, and those who were injured were all employed by the Golden Aperia and Horizon factory. The drivers of both trucks were arrested, while the injured workers will have their injuries treated and will draw disability allowances from the government’s National Social Security Fund.

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