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Dozing at the Wheel again? … Bus Accident during Field Trip at Jeju

17:30 July 22, 2016 replay time02:00

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[Anchor]

On the 17th, there was another accident that caused significant damage due to a car crash among five cars caused by a tourist bus driver dozing off at the wheel at Yeongdong Expressway.

Yesterday (the 21st), a tourist bus caused a car accident, injuring high school students who were on a field trip in Jeju Island.

Shin Sae-rom has more.

[Reporter]


A bus that carried high school students from Nowon-gu to Jeju-do caused a car accident.

Yesterday night at around 9:25, a leased bus, driven by A, age 57, crashed into a structure at a roundabout and into cars that were parked.

Thirteen students that were on the bus suffered minor injuries and were transported to a hospital nearby.

The police are currently investigating, and insurance companies are weighing the assumption that the accident was due to lack of driving skills of A, or dozing off while driving.

<Staff of insurance company > "The driver didn’t drink, so it is probably due to lack of driving skills or the driver was dozing off. However, the driver is saying that he didn’t fall asleep so… "

The school’s teacher who was in the bus stated that “the schedule wasn’t tight, so it probably wasn’t because of falling asleep on the wheel.”

However, some students have speculated that the accident was due to drowsy driving, and pointed out that it was difficult for them to reach via phone because their teachers were controlling the situation and the accident was being covered up.

The guide in charge of the trip also avoided giving opinions on the cause of the accident.

<Supervising guide> "(Was this due to drowsy driving?) "What? Who said that? Did you see it? (Is there any evidence?)

There were over 1,000 accidents involving leased buses over the last four years, and every year, almost 50 people lost their lives and 3,000 were injured.

The main reason for such accidents turned out to be due to "noncompliance of safe driving duty" such as being inattentive to the road ahead.

There seems to be a need to strengthen the driver’s sense of alertness towards the safety of passengers, punishment for causing accidents, and authority thorough management in relation to large vehicle accidents that can easily cause severe casualties.

Shin Sae-rom reporting for Yonhap News TV.

Yonhap News TV: 02-398-4409 (Report) 4441 (Inquiry on article), KakaoTalk/LINE jebo23

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