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.