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Bus driver to serve 6 years for deadly Va. Crash

BOWLING GREEN, Va. — The driver of a bus that crashed on Interstate 95 in Virginia, killing four passengers and injuring dozens, was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison.

Kin Yiu Cheung was given 40 years with 34 years suspended for his conviction last November on four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

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‘‘Each day of my life is haunted by this memory,’’ Cheung said before sentencing.

The bus was en route from Greensboro, N.C., to New York early on May 31, 2011, when it swerved off the road, hit an embankment, and overturned.

The crash cast national attention on a growing industry of buses that travel the East Coast offering cheap fares.

Survivors at trial spoke of a harrowing early-morning ride, testifying that the low-fare Sky Express bus swerved from side to side and changed speeds erratically before careening off the interstate. The witnesses said the erratic driving lasted up to an hour as Cheung drank coffee and energy drinks before nodding off.

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