Cambodia bus crash kills driver, injures 19, mostly tourists

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Nineteen people, mostly foreigners, were injured and the driver of the bus they were on killed in a collision with another vehicle Tuesday in eastern Cambodia, police said.

Police Col. Sam Nal said those injured in the pre-dawn accident in Kampong Cham province were four Germans, three Britons, three Thais, two people from France, two Israelis, a Chinese and four Cambodians. Most had only slight injuries, but two were in critical condition.

The bus they were on was heading to the capital, Phnom Penh, from Siem Reap — site of the Angkor Wat temple complex, Cambodia's top tourist attraction — when it collided with a minibus. Police said the bus, travelling at a high speed in the dark, hit the minibus as it was trying to turn around.

Serious road accidents have become increasingly frequent in recent years in Cambodia as it has upgraded its road system and more people have become car owners. According to an Interior Ministry report, more than 1,500 people were killed in traffic accidents last year.


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