1 killed as Vietnamese oil tanker hits pier in Cambodia

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A man was killed when a Vietnamese oil tanker crashed into a pier in Cambodia earlier this week but no one was detained as police ruled that storm caused the accident.
Police in Preah Sihanouk Province in the southwest of Cambodia said the tanker from Vietnam came to transport oil for a local company on Tuesday afternoon and struck the pier.
An 18-year-old security guard died after his post at the end of the pier fell into water, Cambodia Daily reported.
Police said a Cambodian and a Vietnamese pilot, whose surname is Nguyen, were summoned for questioning but released the next morning after investigators concluded that it was just an accident.
They said the Cambodian company and the pilots will still have to compensate the victim’s family.
Around 500 meters of the pier was destroyed and its use has been suspended. The collision caused no oil spill.
A military commander was quoted as saying that the incident could have been avoided.
He said, as cited in the report, that the drivers should know to stay far from the pier when a storm is coming.

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