Korean Tourist Killed After Taxi Flips Over

A Korean woman was killed and three other tourists injured Sun­day morning when their taxi hit a truck on a rural road in Ban­teay Meanchey province, police said.

The four South Korean visitors were headed to Bangkok from Siem Reap with a hired driver in a late 1980s model Toyota Camry, provincial traffic police Chief Chhoeum Sophon said.

In Preah Netr Preah district’s Phnom Leap commune, the Cam­ry, which police believe was speeding, came upon a large truck stopped at a bridge, said district police Chief Thoeun Thin.

His view obscured by dust from the road, the Camry’s driver smashed into the back of the truck and the car flipped over, Thoeun Thin said.

“This was careless of the driver,” Thoeun Thin said. “They know this road is dusty, and they should know where the bridge is.”

The unidentified female passenger died at the scene, police said. The other three passengers, whose names Thoeun Thin gave as Tark Jong Hwa, Lee Young Fook and Kim Shin Hee, were in­jured, one seriously. Police did not have more information on their condition or identities.

The driver, who witnesses said was slightly injured, got into a pas­sing taxi and escaped, police said.

A representative of the South Ko­rean Embassy said the wo­man’s body was flown by helicopter to a Siem Reap hospital. He said he did not know her identity.

(Additional reporting by Co­rinne Purtill)

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