At 5:45 pm on February 27, 2019, a Highlander, which was driving too fast, crashed into a tree and caught fire.
The accident occurred along National Highway No.4 , KM 148, in Rey Rieng Village, Steung Chhay Commune, Kampong Seila District, Preah Sihanouk Province.
According to the source, the vehicle was driven by a group of Chinese people from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville. After the accident, the group, who seemed unharmed, got out and hailed down a passing bus, leaving the car to burn.
A fire truck managed to extinguish the blaze before it spread, but the vehicle was completely destroyed.
Questions have been raised about why the mysterious Chinese left in such a hurry from the scene, especially as this is just a few km from where a major drugs operation was detected after a seemingly minor accident.