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Driver ‘feeling dizzy’ abandoned bus

A BUS company said yesterday that a driver who abandoned his vehicle and passengers in the middle of the road had been feeling ill.

Shanghai Bashi Trolley Bus Ltd admitted that the incident could have been handled better, saying the driver should have informed passengers first.

As it was, passengers were left bemused on Sunday night when the driver stopped the vehicle on Dalian Road, got out, jumped into a taxi and drove off.

The 33-year-old suffers for a potassium deficiency and was said to have felt dizzy, said Shanghai Bashi.

The company did not say where the driver, whose name was not disclosed, went in the taxi.

According to a passenger, the driver left the key in the ignition of the No. 868 bus when he made his quick exit about 9pm.

Police said they received a report at 9:07pm, and found the bus stopped in the middle of the road with the driver nowhere to be seen.

Officers flagged down a passing bus  and got the driver to park the abandoned vehicle at the side of the road so as not to block traffic.

The bus company said the driver told passengers in the front rows that he was feeling ill . He borrowed a cellphone from a passenger and made two calls — one to his family and one to police.

But the driver abandoned the vehicle before the arrival of police.

Shanghai Bashi said it would train drivers to better handle such situations.

Potassium deficiency can lead to weakness, fatigue, and slow reflexes.


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