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Lunar New Year road toll adds up across Kingdom

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On January 22 in Sihanoukville, two cars collided and swerved before crashing into a tuk-tuk parked on the side of the road. POLICE

Lunar New Year road toll adds up across Kingdom

Over the Lunar New Year 2023 holiday in Preah Sihanouk province, six road accidents occurred resulting in two deaths, according to Kim Song, chief of the provincial police’s traffic bureau.

“Most of the accidents occurred at night, due to careless driving, including overtaking in dangerous conditions, disregarding traffic signals and driving at high speed,” he said on January 23.

On January 22 in Sihanoukville, two cars collided and swerved before crashing into a tuk-tuk parked on the side of the road.

The tuk-tuk driver died on the way to the provincial referral hospital. The two drivers of the cars and three other passengers sustained injuries, some of them seriously, and were sent to hospital.

Separately in Prey Nop district, Suon Kimsam, deputy district police chief in charge of traffic, told The Post that three people were injured in a road accident between a Hyundai van and a Lexus crossover, which collided on National Road 4 in Tany commune’s Tany village on the evening of January 23.

“The Hyundai driver carelessly overtook the Lexus crossover in dangerous conditions. After the incident, the van driver escaped. We retain the two vehicles at the district police station and are seeking the driver," he said.

In Mondulkiri province on January 22, one person was killed and two others injured in a road accident when a Toyota crossover collided with a tractor parked on the side of the road in Spean Meanchey commune’s O’spean village of Sen Monorom town.

Sen Monorom police chief Kan Penh told The Post that Hay Dalux, 38, a teacher and the car driver, died on the way to hospital.

His son, Hai Xiaoming, 7, who was traveling with him in the car, suffered minor injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Nuon Samnang, a 40-year-old farmer from Putreng village of Dak Dam commune in O’Raing district, sustained serious injuries and was being treated at the provincial referral hospital.

“According to witnesses at the scene, the accident was caused by the careless car driver who hit the tractor parked on the road in the opposite direction. However, our police officials are continuing to investigate this case to find out the truth,” he said.

On January 22 in Phnom Penh, a road traffic accident left three people injured.

Meanchey district police chief Ouk Bonin told The Post that the accident happened on National Road 2 in Chak Angre Leu commune, where a bus belonging to a transport firm was travelling at high speed and swerved into the road dividers before flipping over and crashing into other cars from the opposite direction.

“The victims were rushed to the hospital for treatment, while the two vehicles were taken to the district police station,” he added.

In Pursat province on January 22, Krakor district police chief Mok Phearum told The Post that a traffic accident occurred on a red gravel road in Chhoeu Tom commune’s Kbal Tahean village, resulting in the death of a 40-year-old victim named Nheng Kong at the scene. He was reportedly driving his motorbike at high speed and not wearing

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