Friday, September 22, 2017

Bus careens into Nay Pyi Taw gold shop

A bus travelling at high speed smashed into a gold shop in the Nay Pyi Taw Union Territory at about 6am yesterday on its way from Monywa to the capital.

The Kyel Sin Hein express crashed into a gold shop in the capital yesterday. Photo: Supplied / FacebookThe Kyel Sin Hein express crashed into a gold shop in the capital yesterday. Photo: Supplied / Facebook

Though the driver and conductor of the Kyel Sin Hein express bus were injured, along with at least one passenger, no fatalities were reported.

The Aung Hlaing Tun gold shop in Paunglong No 2 quarter is situated on Yarzahtarni Road near the “Rose Roundabout”, so called for the giant red artificial flower at its centre.

The driver, Ko Thae Wint Aung, and conductor Ko Zaw Min Naing were knocked unconscious in the crash and one passenger sustained minor bruising and received treatment at Nay Pyi Taw’s 1000-bed hospital.

Police Captain Tin Htay from the Pyinmana township force said local law enforcement was assessing damages to the gold shop and taking action in the case.

“The driver has not been properly interrogated yet regarding the cause of the accident because he has been hospitalised,” Pol Capt Tin Htay said.

The bus appeared to first strike the roundabout before careening into the gold shop, he added.

“I think the driver was sleepy.

Accidents [like this] can also happen if the driver is drunk,” he said.

According to the police captain, initial charges have been brought against the driver under sections 279 and 337 of the penal code, covering negligent driving and committing “rash” acts that cause harm to others, respectively. The combined charges carry with them a maximum aggregate sentence of four years in prison.

The Kyel Sin Hein company’s bus was en route yesterday to the Bawgathiri Highway Bus Station after dropping passengers off at Nay Pyi Taw’s Myoma Market.

Translation by San Layy