Philippine News Update, bus accident 22 people died: A passenger bus owned by Don Mariano Transit Corp. accidentally fell off from tollway in Manila area early Monday.
On-lookers said that the bus fell on top of an aluminum van carrying 2 person.
20 passengers from the bus died and two fatalities from the van in the accident and injured others including the bus driver, said Philippine National Police, warning the death toll could rise. But according to Dr. Carmencita Solidum from a hospital, said that the two drivers were among the injured were at her hospital, according to report.
The bus driver was critically injured and but the van driver had minor injuries, she added
At least 4 fatalities and conductor named Ramon Labang Jr., 24, identified by their families.
The pregnant live-partner of the bus conductor said, the conductor was working only as reliever on the bus.
“We saw the bus fall from there and it flew, and then it hit the van,” said shop owner Edith Voluntate. “When we got close, we just saw a lot of people pinned under it.”
According the report, the possible caused of the accident was the heavy traffic, wet roads and over speeding may contribute.
A driver named Irene Sisperez who witness the accident told local radio that she was driving with her daughter at 80 kilometer per hour when the bus overtook them right before it fell off, estimating 100 kolometers per hour (62 mph) to 110 kph ( 68 mph) and believed that the bus violated the skyway speed limit for buses.
“After a few meters, I saw the bus fall and I shouted, `The bus fell, the bus fell’,” she told DZMM radio, adding there were no other cars nearby.
78 units of Don Mariano Transit were suspended of its operation after Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) issued 30 days suspension.
Transportation authorities ordered all bus drivers of Don Mariano Transit must undergo for retraining.
This is the second accident in history that the bus fell off in an elevated road.