43 Cambodian garment workers injured in truck crash

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-31 16:58:49|Editor: Wu Qin
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PHNOM PENH, July 31 (Xinhua) -- A truck transporting garment factory workers collided with a chicken truck in southeast Cambodia's Svay Rieng province on Wednesday, leaving 43 workers injured, said a Labor Ministry's statement.

The accident occurred at 6:35 a.m. local time in Svay Rieng town when the chicken truck carelessly overtook a car and crashed head-on into the workers' truck coming from the opposite direction, the statement said.

"The workers' truck flipped onto its side, leaving 43 workers injured, including 15 in serious condition," it said, adding that 39 victims had been hospitalized at the Svay Rieng Provincial Referral Hospital, and four at the Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh.

The statement said the National Social Security Fund would take responsibility for their medical expenses.

Transporting factory workers in open trucks to and from factories is not uncommon in the Southeast Asian country. On Tuesday, two garment workers were killed and 31 others injured when their truck overturned in Svay Rieng province's Svay Teab district.

According to a National Social Security Fund's report released last week, there were 766 traffic accidents involving garment workers during the January-June period this year, leaving 24 workers dead and 944 others injured, including 159 in serious condition.

The country's multi-billion-U.S.-dollar garment industry is comprised of about 1,000 factories, employing approximately 750,000 workers.