Truck transporting Cambodian garment workers overturns, leaving 44 injured: police

Source: Xinhua| 2021-03-12 15:34:42|Editor: huaxia
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PHNOM PENH, March 12 (Xinhua) -- A truck transporting garment workers to their factory flipped onto its side in southeastern Cambodia Friday morning, leaving 44 people wounded, the National Police reported.

The accident happened on National Road 1 in Svay Rieng province's Bavet city when the truck's driver was trying to avoid a collision with a bus coming from the opposite direction and veered off the road, causing the vehicle to overturn.

"Forty-four out of 55 workers aboard the truck were injured, and four of them sustained serious injuries," the National Police said on its website.

The injured, including 40 women and four men, had been rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment and the National Social Security Fund would take responsibility for their medical expenses, the police said.

Transporting workers in open trucks to and from factories is not uncommon in the Southeast Asian country. Last month, more than 80 garment workers sustained light injuries when their truck slid off the road and turned over in a rice field in southern Takeo province.

The country's multi-billion-U.S.-dollar garment industry is comprised of some 1,000 factories, employing around 750,000 workers, mostly female. Enditem