Bukit Tambun bus crash: Driver claims trial to reckless, dangerous driving charge

AUDREY DERMAWAN

JAWI: An express bus driver was charged at the magistrate's court here today with causing death by reckless and dangerous driving.

Muhd Farizan Awang, 39, claimed trial when the charge, under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987, was read and explained to him by the court interpreter.

He was alleged to have committed the offence at KM151.9 of the North South Expressway, before the Bukit Tambun exit about 4.20am yesterday.

Magistrate Shamshol Azwa Martadza set bail at RM8,000 with one surety and fixed May 4 for mention.

She also ordered for the accused's driving licence to be suspended until the end of the trial proper.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Afiq Nazrin Zaharinan prosecuted while Farizan was unpresented.

It was reported that the accident occurred when the driver of the ill-fated Shamisha Express Bus was attempting to steer clear of a crossing animal.

The incident claimed the life of Norazah Azizan, 29, and left 20 others injured, including two seriously.

The Shamisha Express Bus, which was heading north towards Jitra, Kedah from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan Kuala Lumpur, was ferrying 27 passengers and two drivers, all of whom aged between 19 and 50, at the time of the incident.