UPDATED: Bus falls off Skyway; driver, two passengers dead
UPDATED July 27 7 a.m. (SPOT.ph) Three people died when the Dimple Star Transport bus falling off the Skyway highway yesterday, reports Manila Bulletin. A previous report said the bus fell more than 40 feet after a "strong wind" caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Authorities also suspect that the bus may have been racing with another vehicle when it slid off the road.
According to the Manila Bulletin report, the bus was described as a "total wreck." Bus driver Joven Hustol was declared dead on arrival while passengers Anthony Abarra and Lorenzo Gabu died in the hospital. Meanwhile, surviving passengers of the bus are planning to sue the bus operator, reports ABS-CBN News. Dimple Star Transport has also been temporarily suspended from operating while the LTFRB is investigating the case, reports GMA News.
Malacañang also released a statement on the matter, reports ABS-CBN News. "The President is very, very displeased whenever he hears bus accidents. As common carriers, they have extraordinary diligence to protect the riding public. Ito po ay isang nakakainis na balita lalo na kung nalalaman natin na hindi pala inaalagaan o mine-maintain ang kanilang bus (This is a very frustrating subject especially if we learn that these buses aren’t maintained properly). Kung pera lang ang nananaig sa kanila (If they prioritize money) instead of making sure the safety of the riding public is the first consideration, then I think we should seriously reconsider the franchises of these buses which have incurred a number of accidents," said Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.
24 Oras’ report on the bus wreck
July 26 1:31 p.m. (SPOT.ph) A Dimple Star Transport bus was traveling north at 11 a.m. today, July 26, when it fell 40 feet from the Skyway in Sucat and landed in front of the Schinkin Company in Parañaque City, reports Inquirer.net.
According to Skyway operations official-in-charge Ed Nepomuceno, six people, plus the driver and conductor, were inside the bus when it fell. Inspector Jenny Tecson, Southern Police District spokesperson, said four of the passengers were injured while the conductor suffered minor wounds. The victims were immediately taken to Parañaque Medical Center. A Philippine Star report, however, said that the bus driver died past noon today while two passengers remain critically injured.
The conductor told ABS-CBN News that they were driving normally until a "strong wind" hit the bus as it neared the Sucat exit of the elevated highway. The driver consequently lost control of the vehicle and the bus slid off the Skyway. According to Nepomuceno, they have a CCTV clip of the bus falling.
Interaksyon reports that the bus did not fall on any civilians. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said the wreckage has been cleared and traffic is expected to resume to normal.