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Road Accidents Claim 48 Lives Over New Year

  • Kong Sothanarith
  • VOA Khmer

Overall, the number of traffic incidents fell from last year’s festival, which saw 58 dead and 490 injured.

Overall, the number of traffic incidents fell from last year’s festival, which saw 58 dead and 490 injured.

At least 48 people died and 350 were injured in road accidents nationwide over the New Year, officials said Tuesday.

About half the 156 accidents that took place during the long weekend were caused by speeding and about 13 percent by drunk driving, said Hay Varun, deputy chief of the department of order at the Ministry of Interior.

Prey Veng province registered the most traffic fatalities, at nine, followed by Battambang with five and Siem Reap with four.

Overall, the number of traffic incidents fell from last year’s festival, which saw 58 dead and 490 injured.

“This is the initial official result and is acceptable,” said San Socheata, head of the traffic program at Handicap International Belgium.

A more comprehensive result compiled from hospitals and health centers nationwide is expected in three months.

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