Bus ca­reens into Nay Pyi Taw gold shop

The Myanmar Times - - News - SWAN YE HTUT swanye­htut@mm­times.com

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.

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.

Photo: Sup­plied/Face­book

The Kyel Sin Hein ex­press crashed into a gold shop in the cap­i­tal yes­ter­day.

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