Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cambodia: Russian Woman, 23, Killed, Dozens of Tourists Injured in Bus Accident

A Russian woman, 23, was killed and dozens of foreign tourists were injured when their bus swerved and flipped onto its side after its front tire blew out earlier today (February 28) in Cambodia.

The vehicle crashed as it took 46 passengers, including 40 foreign tourists, from Cambodia’s popular seaside port of Sihanoukville to the Thai border.

COMMENT: The driver, who police believe was driving at an excessively high speed before the crash, fled the scene, a common occurrence in many developing countries.

A topic that I address in my book, STAYING SAFE ABROAD: TRAVELING WORKING AND LIVING IN A POST-9/11 WORLD, fatalism, stems from the belief system that the time of our death is preordained, and that prudent or imprudent choices have little to do influencing how long we are on Earth.

From my standpoint, I firmly believe and can prove time and time again through case studies that calamity can be averted by making good choices, rather than bad ones.

A good example of this includes many of the homicides I've covered in my postings where I have urged travelers NOT to resist an armed robbery. In the majority of cases those that do resist and jeopardize their lives over money or property, are often summarily killed.

Conversely, those that adhere to my advice usually live to enjoy life for many years to come.

Getting back to the bus crash, drivers such as the one who irresponsibly fled from the scene, had to have known at some level that he was endangering the lives of everyone on the bus that the time because of the speed at which he was driving. Unfortunately, though, it is doubtful that all of those tourists embraced fatalism as he did, yet the Russian tourist died anyway.

I've endeavored to try to impart the vulnerabilities of bus travel in developing countries in my countless postings and will continue to do so. Nevertheless, tourists riding buses in such countries should pay attention to the tread wear on tires, the smell of alcohol on the breath of drivers and should even demand that the driver slow down if driving at a dangerous speed.

Worst-case, ask the driver to let you off the vehicle before an "accident" occurs and hope that you carry a quad-band, unlocked cell phone with a local SIM card so you can call for help.


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