SIBU: Seven people had a close shave when their bus slipped backwards into the Rejang River after stopping short of the deck of a ferry at the Durin terminal.
The unidentified driver said only the front wheels of the bus were on the deck when the ferry started to move away in the 3pm incident on Saturday.
He tried to alert the ferry operator but failed and the ferry moved further away.
“I tried to reverse the bus but the wheels got stuck. I asked the passengers to get out as water had started to come into the back portion,” he said.
He said it was fortunate that nobody was hurt in the incident.
The four passengers, the driver, his assistant and the conductor managed to flee before the bus fell into the river and submerged.
The ferry service is expected to stop operations when a proposed bridge, the missing link in the Pan Borneo highway, is completed in the next few months.
The bridge had been delayed for years due to problems faced by the contractors and sub-contractors.