National Road 2, which links Phnom Penh to Takeo province, was backed up for more than two hours Wednesday after an overloaded truck filled with stones caused a steel bridge to collapse in Kandal province, officials said.
Kandal Stung district police chief Bou Nareth said that about 100 vehicles were stuck in the traffic jam after the truck broke the bridge shortly after 2 p.m.
“After we saw the traffic jam our police officials told drivers to turn back and find another road,” he said.
Mr. Nareth said that the driver of the truck fled the scene and that police are also searching for the truck’s owner.
“We could not arrest the driver because he fled immediately after the incident,” Mr. Nareth said.
“I think the truck owner must be responsible for repairing this bridge. We will contact the provincial transportation department to identify him.”
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that National Road 2 links Phnom Penh to the border with Vietnam in Svay Rieng province. It links Phnom Penh to Takeo province.