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Bus driver partially responsible for elderly woman's injury: court

All News 11:01 January 28, 2016

SEOUL, Jan. 28 (Yonhap) -- A Seoul court ruled on Thursday that a bus driver is partially responsible for the injury an elderly female passenger sustained on a moving inter-city bus.

The Seoul District Court said the bus driver should pay 3 million won (US$2,482) more than the compensation already paid to the 81-year-old woman, explaining that the driver is 70 percent responsible for the accident.

The woman fractured her thighbone, when she stood up and walked toward the exit to get off while the bus was still running.

Police said the bus was moving at a speed of 70 kilometers per hour in a provincial city in September 2012.

After the accident, the transportation business association, with which bus drivers have contracts to protect their rights, paid the injured woman 20 million won for hospital treatment.

But she later filed a lawsuit against the association, demanding 24.5 million won in total compensation, including nursing expenses and additional medical treatment.

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