One man died, and an on-duty police officer was injured after a bus driver dozed off and crashed onto a sidewalk in Neihu District, Taipei City, this evening, September 21.
The Sanchung Bus Company operated Blue 26 bus suddenly mounted the sidewalk on Neihu Road at around 8:00 pm, skidding to a stop after around 50 meters.
The bus knocked down a 54-year-old man who lost vital signs at the scene of the accident, and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
A 38-year-old police officer was also knocked down and injured. The officer’s injuries are described as not serious.
When the bus driver, Mr Hsu, 47, alighted from the vehicle he said “I was asleep,” according to witnesses reported by SETN.
Police said that Hsu admitted that he had dozed off and accidentally stepped on the accelerator. Hsu is expected to be charged for the crime of negligence causing death.
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