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Cambodia traffic accident kills 19: police

PHNOM PENH, Friday 4 March 2011 (AFP) - Nineteen people were killed and at least seven others seriously injured Friday in one of Cambodia's worst-ever traffic accidents, police said.

The head-on crash happened when a truck slammed into a van packed with passengers in the popular southern beach town of Sihanoukville.

"There are 19 dead at the scene," Sihanoukville traffic police chief Prum Pov told AFP.

He said the truck veered onto the other side of the road before hitting the other vehicle.

"We don't know why the truck went that way. The truck was going down a slope," Prum Pov said. "We are investigating the cause of the incident now."

Traffic accidents are a leading cause of death in Cambodia, killing more than 1,600 people in 2010.

MySinchew 2011.03.04

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