The driver of the bus which crashed on Hallasan while carrying students on a school trip from Hyocheon High School in Suncheon was inexperienced.
The driver, a 45-year Park, normally worked as a taxi driver and only the day before — the 7th — had been hired as a replacement driver.
According to Jeju authorities and the police, Park was not the original tour bus driver and had been hired as a one-day replacement.
In the end, at appears that the accident occured because the taxi driver used the normal brake rather than the engine brake while going downhill and this caused the brake to overheat and burst.
Students who rode on the bus said that the driver, “exploded the brakes.”
Though there is a chance that the accident was due to a replacement driver, as Park has already died there seems little hope of learning the true cause of the incident.
The city government of Suncheon sent its deputy mayor and two accident officials to Jeju as well as a worker from the Jeollanam-do Office of Education to investigate the accident.
15 parents of students who were seriously injured met in Jeju to discuss what course of action to take.
They said that the number of seriously wounded students was more than they thought and that lightly wounded students were in a worse situation than they had believed.
Jeong, the teacher who had been leading the group and been unconscious since the accident, woke up.
The school has held an incense burning ceremony in its lecture hall, and plans are to bring the bodies home by airplane and students by ship.
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