KUANTAN, April 21 — The driver of a double-decker bus that plunged into a ravine off Jalan Kuantan-Segamat yesterday has been tested negative for driving under the influence of drugs.
Pekan police chief Supt Yahaya Othman said the driver, who was still being treated at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital here for for rib injuries, had no drugs in his system.
He said urine tests were conducted on the driver by the Narcotics CID Department of the Pekan Police District Headquarters after the crash yesterday.
“Five passengers were still warded at the hospital while the first driver (who was not at the wheel) and 10 other passengers were discharged from Pekan Hospital and Muadzam Shah Hospital respectively,” Yahaya said when contacted today.
He said the police had recorded statements from both drivers.
The bus, which was carrying 41 people, had veered left at KM70 of Jalan Kuantan-Segamat near Ladang Sungai Jernih while on its way to Singapore and plunged into a slope in the 4.30pm incident.
Passenger Harry Christopher Woolhouse, 32, from Britain was killed in the crash while both drivers and 37 passengers were injured.
The double-decker bus was ferrying tourists from the United Kingdom, France, China and India, who were returning from a trip to Pulau Redang in Terengganu.
Yahaya said slippery road due to a drizzle was believed to be the cause of the accident. — Bernama