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27/12/2009

Bus driver admits to falling asleep before crash

Bus driver admits to falling asleep before crash

IPOH Dec.26 The driver of an express bus that crashed at KM272.8 of the North-South Expressway early today and left 10 passengers killed and two injured has admitted to falling asleep at the wheel.

"He fell asleep at the wheel but breathalyser and drug tests conducted on him proved negative, Ipoh traffic police chief, DSP Mohd. Rodzi Rejab told reporters here today.

The double-decker Sani Express bus skidded and hit the road divider as it was heading north, about 8km after the Ipoh Selatan toll plaza at 1am.

The victims had been seated on the lower tier of the bus. The two drivers and the 36 other passengers were unhurt.

It is understood that the driver had taken over the wheel after the bus had stopped at the Simpang Pulai lay-by just before Ipoh. - Bernama

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