Funcinpec party president prince Norodom Ranariddh, also a former premier, was injured in a traffic accident on Sunday while his wife died in Preah Sihanouk province when a taxi-car crashed into their car, Khmer Times quoted police as saying.
The accident occurred around 10 am on Sunday when a taxi car swerved off and collided head on with Prince Ranariddh’s car along national road 4 in Prey Nop district’s Ou’ Chamna commune, according to Major General Chuon Narin, Preah Sihanouk police chief.
“He [Prince Ranariddh] suffered injury and is receiving treatment at a hospital in Sihanoukville,” Maj Gen Narin said.
Maj Gen Narin said that Prince Ranariddh’s wife Ouk Phalla died around 12:20 pm in the province’s hospital due to her serious injury, Khmer Times reported.
Prince Ranariddh’s driver, a taxi driver and four passengers also sustained injuries, he said.
Suon Kimsong, deputy Prey Nop district police chief, said that an SUV Highlander which was travelling from Preah Sihanouk province to Phnom Penh hit Prince Ranariddh’s BMW X3 on Sunday. Police said that now Prince Ranariddh is transferred to a Phnom Penh hospital.
In April 2015, Prince Ranariddh and his wife were also involved in a car accident with a truck in Kampong Cham province’s Prey Chhor district.