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Wife: Cheung, accused driver in Sky Express bus crash didn't want to work

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(AP, ABC7) - The bus driver who fell asleep at the wheel told his bosses he was tired and didn't want to make the trip, which ended when the bus flipped and left four dead, his wife said.

Kin Yiu Cheung's wife, Qun Lin, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch her husband initially told his supervisors he wouldn't make the trip, but they couldn't find another driver and promised him extra money. He climbed behind the wheel of the Sky Express Inc. bus because he feared for his job, she said.

In a statement to the newspaper, company attorneys denied "all wrongdoing" in connection with the May 31 accident.

Investigators say Cheung was driving the discount-fare bus when he dozed off on Interstate 95 about 30 miles north of Richmond. Four of the 60 passengers died and dozens were injured when the bus hit an embankment and overturned.
He is being held without bond.

The Sky Express bus swerved off northbound Interstate 95, hit an embankment and flipped just before 5 a.m. about 30 miles north of Richmond. The bus company was later shut down by federal authorities. It had an extremely poor safety record that included several accidents as well as violations for fatigued drivers and unsafe driving over the last two years.

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