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Bus driver who killed 4 may have been asleep

The tour bus driver who took the lives of four women in their 20s by driving at a speed of 91 kilometers (57 miles) per hour did not step on the brake when the accident happened, said the Pyeongchang Police on Wednesday.

The bus driver, surnamed Bang, is accused of having rear-ended five cars at one of the entrances of the Bongpyeong Terminal on the Yeongdong Expressway.

Four of the five women, who were in a Kia sedan hit by the bus, died in the accident. The 25-year-old woman, surnamed Lee, who was driving the sedan, as well as some 30 passengers and drivers, were injured and transferred to a nearby hospital.

The police found out in the inspection that Bang was not using his phone during the incident, but they still have not figured out whether he was dozing off at the wheel, although the driver did tell the police that he felt “numb” right before the accident.

Police requested a detention warrant for Bang on Wednesday on charges of negligence of duty and inflicting severe injuries.

BY PARK JIN-HO[shin.sooyeon@joongang.co.kr]

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