Three people were killed and seven injured in Kompong Cham province on Thursday morning when a truck carrying sand collided with a tour bus.
The crash occurred on National Road 6 in Choeung Prey district’s Sdoeung Chey commune at 4:30 a.m., when the truck swerved into the oncoming lane and crashed head-on into the Gold VIP Transport Service bus, which was traveling from Siem Reap City to Phnom Penh, said commune police chief Lanh Leang.
“The truck transporting sand swerved all the way into the lane of the bus and crashed into the front of the bus,” Mr. Leang said, adding that the truck driver—who was among the dead—had likely fallen asleep at the wheel.
“We saw skid marks from the truck—about 30 meters—and we suspect the driver might have nodded off,” he said.
Deputy district police chief Cheang Se named the dead as Lim Fa, 25, the truck driver; Bun Dany, 36, a bus passenger from Siem Reap province; and Ath Khorn, 62, a passenger from Kandal province.
Two other passengers were seriously injured and rushed to a hospital in Phnom Penh by their families, Mr. Se said. Five others who suffered lesser injuries were treated at nearby clinics, he added.
The bus driver fled the scene immediately after the crash and his whereabouts are unknown, Mr. Se said, adding that investigators had contacted Gold VIP to get his name and contact information.
Police are also attempting to identify the owner of the truck, he said.
Hong Chhay, who identified himself as a manager at Gold VIP, said the company was preparing to sue the truck’s owner.
“We are filing a complaint and will let them come and take responsibility for the case because we were driving safely,” Mr. Chhay said.
“They have to provide compensation,” he said—both to the company and the victim’s families.
The deadly crash came less than a month after nine people were killed when a truck slammed into a Mekong Express minibus in Battambang province.