Thirty-five staff members from the Marine Department and two drivers cheated death when their chartered bus skidded and landed in a ditch at KM42 in Jalan Sri Aman-Sarikei.

The incident, which saw 24 people suffering minor injuries, occurred at 2am yesterday as they were returning to Kuching from Miri.

They had been in Miri to attend the assembly to mark Yang di-Pertua Negri Sarawak Tun Muhammad Abang Salahuddin Abang Ba­­-rieng’s 91st birthday celebrations.

Lubok Antu district police chief Deputy Supt James Jonathan said the driver lost control of the bus before it skidded and landed in the ditch.

It was revealed the driver was sleepy prior to the accident.

[News source]