Former President's Wife Dies In Ghastly Auto Accident, Many Suffered Injuries

Former President's Wife Dies In Ghastly Auto Accident, Many Suffered Injuries
Ex-Cambodian prime minister has been genuinely harmed in
an auto collision which killed his spouse and injured no less than seven others.

Authorities said Prince Norodom Ranariddh was in a caravan with other senior figures of his FUNCINPEC party and was heading towards the shoreline town of Sihanoukville in southwestern Cambodia when the mischance occurred on Sunday.
The SUV the 74-year-old politician was travelling in collided with a taxi travelling in the opposite direction, according to a senior party member in the group.

The deadly crash comes ahead of the country's general election next month, in which the former prime minister and his wife were running as candidates.

Police chief General Chuon Narin said Prince Ranariddh had suffered head injuries and was sent to the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh for treatment.

The officer said the politician's wife, Ouk Phalla, died in hospital.

The prince - a son of the late King Norodom Sihanouk - was Cambodia's co-prime minister for four years in an uneasy power-sharing deal with the current leader Hun Sen after his party won a United Nations-organised election in 1993.

His royal background made him popular despite having a strained relationship with his father.

Prince Ranariddh was ousted in 1997 and fled abroad as tensions between him and Mr Sen boiled over and led to two days of clashes in the capital between supporters of the two leaders. He returned to contest, only to be hit with this tragic incident.

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