Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cambodia: Thirteen Foreign Tourists Injured in Bus Crash, Sleepy Driver Suspected

According to The Phnom Penh Post, a tour bus transporting some 21 passengers, was involved in a single-vehicle "accident" on Friday (May 17),  in Pursat province’s Krakor district. Those injured included thirteen tourists from Norway, Denmark, France, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands.

COMMENT: The bus, owned by Angkor Express, suddenly swerved when, according to passengers, the driver dozed off and attempted to get the bus back on the road, but failed in his effort, at which point the bus rolled onto its side.

Most of the injured were treated at a local hospital and released.

As most of our regular readers know, one of my biggest concerns with the risks faced by foreign travelers is the unacceptable frequency of tour bus accidents, particularly in developing countries, most of which are attributed to either unsafe buses or overtired and/or inexperienced drivers, who are forced to work too many hours.

Tour operators are urged to be very cautious in evaluating the safety of transportation providers, as their reputations and future business may be dependent upon it. Unfortunately, though, too many tour operators cut costs wherever and whenever they can, but transportation is not an area where quality and safety should be sacrificed.