Children among seven killed after car plunges into river from ferry in horror incident

Cambodian police bikes (stock image)
Cambodian police bikes (stock image)

Seven people, including five children, were killed when a driver trying to board a river ferry in Cambodia stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake and the vehicle plunged into the water.

The governor of Kandal province, Mao Phirun, said the tragedy happened near Phnom Penh late on Sunday as the car carrying 10 passengers and the driver was being loaded on to the ferry to cross the Basac river.

He said the driver was a mechanic and did not have a driving licence.

He said the car jumped off the ramp and fell into the river when the driver hit the accelerator. The passengers were returning home from a Buddhist ceremony.

A copy of the police report said the victims included five children ranging in age from four to 13.