• 6 dead, 33 injured in EDSA bus accident

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    AT least six persons died while 33 others were injured when a passenger bus rammed a crowd of commuters at Magallanes loading bay along the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Makati City on Thursday.

    Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic aide Mark Rossete identified the male fatalities as Lamberto Singdalar Jr., Fernando Sison, Police Officer 1 Lawrence Navarro, and Osias Mata Jr., all of them died on the spot.

    While a female remains unidentified. Another fatality was declared dead on arrival at the Makati Medical Center (MMC).

    “The victims’ bodies have been crushed, blood was oozing from their wounded bodies. Some were pinned under the speeding bus and some sandwiched by two buses,” said Rossete.

    Makati City Police chief Sr. Supt. Manuel Lukban Jr. said the incident occurred at around 6:45 a.m. when an Elena Liner Bus (TXN-191) lost its brakes and hit an MGP Trans Bus (NXV-350) before plowing through a group of commuters waiting at the Magallanes loading and unloading bay in south-bound lane of EDSA.

    The Elena liner bus was driven by Antonio Dalag while the MGP bus was driven by Pancho Mauro.

    Meanwhile, the 33 injured, including Dalag, were brought to the MMC, Ospital ng Makati (OSMAK) and the San Juan De Dios Hospital for treatment. They suffered major injuries, sustained fractures, laceration, and abrasion.

    According to vendor Joy Guzman, the Elena Liner bus was approaching the loading bay fast when it hit the waiting passengers.

    Guzman said she also seen several passengers of the Elena Bus jumping and falling to the ground.

    The incident snarled traffic in the area as only two lanes of the southbound portion of EDSA were open to vehicles.

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    6 Comments

    1. namatayan din kami, wla man lng follow-up sa parusa sa elena liner. ganun nlng , wla man lng kht apology sa mga pamilya ng namatayan? parang wala na halaga ang buhay ng kapwa nila

    2. call for help for the victims: i hope someone can give a legal help or support to the victims of the accident, the management of Elena Bus seems to be hiding from their responsibilities to the victims of the accident.

      for info. you may reach me.

      thank you

    3. I am requesting the LTO to do the same thing as they did to the school bus service that if the bus is old they need to change.. I’m one of those person who rode in Elena Bus Liner and luckily not that injured but suffered muscle pain because of the impact between the two buses. I saw it when the driver can no longer stop with his break, I saw the people wanted to go out from the bus and dead people. I left my one shoe and went to work straight without something in my foot even I’m in the state of shocked. Now I don’t like to ride any of the bus… I hope the government can action to this to avoid any of that accident. One thing more, as a passenger of everyday riding a bus there should be a speed limit not always rushing and take over… Thank you

    4. May it should be time to control these old buses as well as implementing traffic rules on Edsa as many of these bus drivers are putting people’s life at risk every day. I get tense every Time I see them driving and these bus drivers are just living on the edge constantly. I never feel safe around them on the street

    5. To Ritchie A. Horario and The Manila Times,

      The name of the female fatality is JESSA MENESES, she was a call center agent working near the incident scene in Magallanes.

      • Oliver Nolasco on

        December 11, 2013: The deceased’s eldest sister Chyrene just called me today to inform me of the death of her youngest sister Jessa in that accident at Edsa/Magallanes. She told me that according to police reports, the driver of the bus was intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. The deceased’s parents are my friends whom I haven’t seen in more than 20 years. Here in the U.S., bus drivers are subjected to random drug and/or alcohol testing in the course of their work shift. Even postal employees are subject to the same testing. Driving under the influence and causing an accident resulting in death is a felony and the driver goes to jail. I wish they would do the same thing in the Philippines regardless of social standing. The police here have this slogan: You drink, you drive, you’re ours.