US Says Army Truck in Crash Not a Donation

An American-made army truck that was allegedly used to smuggle illegal timber through SIem Reap province, and which crashed and killed a family of three on Friday, was not a U.S. government donation, the embassy confirmed yesterday. A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy said an inspection by embassy staff of the impounded vehicle-a General Motors Company M35 military transport truck-yesterday found that it was not one of the trucks donated by Washington to the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF). … …”U.S.-donated vehicles are given to specific brigades and the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces closely cooperates with the U.S. Embassy to monitor how the vehicles are being used,” embassy spokesman Sean McIntosh said. … Since the accident, police have identified the soldiers and the truck as belonging to RCAF Division 4 based in Oddar Meanchey province.