More than a dozen students killed in Tanay road crash

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A tourist bus carrying college students to a camping activity in a resort in Tanay, Rizal province crashed on Monday morning, killing at least 13 students and hurting over 20 others, authorities said.

FINAL JOURNEY Local residents crowd around the wreckage of the Panda Coach Tours and Transport bus that lost its brakes and rammed into an electric post at Barangay Sampaloc in Tanay Rizal. At least 13 students of Bestlink College of the Philippines were killed in the accident on Monday morning. The students were on their way to a camping activity. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

Fifty-seven students from Bestlink College of the Philippines in Novaliches, Quezon City (Metro Manila) were on their way to the Sacramento Valley Resort on Sampaloc Road in Tanay for a team-building activity, reportedly part of the school’s National Service Training Program (NSTP).

The tourist bus they were riding lost control and rammed into an electric post near Magnetic Hill at Peligrino Farm in Sitio Bayukan, Barangay Sampaloc at around 8:30 a.m.

Senior Inspector Maria Lourdes Usana, public information chief of the Rizal Provincial Police Office, said 10 students died on the spot while three were pronounced dead on arrival at various hospitals.


The bus driver, who was seriously injured in the accident, was also rushed to a nearby hospital and later died.
Engineer Carlos Inofre, chief of the Tanay disaster risk reduction and management office, said the crash killed students seating on the left side of the blue bus, which was wrecked.

The bus, with plate number TXS-325, is owned by Panda Coach Tours and Transport Inc. and was rented by the school for the camping activity.

Survivors said they had smelled of burning rubber before the crash.

Bong Bati, a Tanay rescue official, said 13 of the victims were rushed to Camp Capinpin Hospital in Barangay Sampaloc, 17 to the Rizal Provincial Hospital in Morong, six to the Tanay General Hospital and one to the Tanay Community Hospital.

Bati said 16 victims were transferred to the Amang Rodriguez Hospital in Marikina City past 12 noon.

It was learned that the driver, 37-year-old Juliane Lacordia, started working for Panda Tours only three months ago and had yet to submit results of his drug test.

Panda Coach Tours said it would extend assistance to the victims

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  1. PLease wag ng makisawsaw and senado, balak pang mag senate hearing! Wag naman masyadong makitid ang utak at hindi kailangan ng bagong batas dito. Wag din natin isisi sa filed trip at hindi pag suspend and solusyon dito kundi yung mga Bus, Truck at jeep na palaging nawawalan ng preno at palagi naman narerehistro ng LTO. Common sense, implementasyon ang problema kung bakit pinapayagan maka biyahe and mga sasakyan na mahina o may sira ang preno. Lumang palusunot na yan

  2. If the left side of bus was wrecked its clear the driver did an overtake to a vehicle regardless of motorbike or a car, of course he now occupied the left lane which is prone to coming vehicle to be collided. That is why may be this bus hit the MERALCO POST and get wrecked along the left side of the bus.

    If the driver did not do overtaking by making the left side of the bus wrecked he is positively either sleepy or high in drugs. No brake is nonsense, drivers can lowered transmission gear to lower down the speed and also by the help of engine brake…

    And that burned rubber smell, either a clutch lining or a brake lining is nothing to do with that heavy wrecking of the bus.

    The bus companies should have filtered carefully their potential drivers. Now are very sorry, lives can not be back

  3. Drivers, especially those working on Public Utility Vehicles, like transport buses and jeepneys must occasionally undergo technical training that covers working mechanism of vehicles such as the brake system and be trained properly on what to do in case of emergencies like this. It is imperative that drivers be fully aware on how to stop a vehicle in case of lost of brakes like shifting to the lowest gear in order to gradually stop by engine breaking. A trnasport bus normally have three breaking system – service, emergency and parking brakes. In case of loss of pressurized air in service brakes, he can gradually pull the mechanism for maxi-brake. These are mechanical braking system controlled by springs and are independent from air brake system. A weekly refresher’s training for our PUV drivers must be conducted by bus operators.

  4. If the bus has no brakes, then both the bus dirver and the owner of the bus are liable. The driver should check the brakes etc before driving the bus and the owner should make sure his buses are well-maintained. Based on the article, the bus owner seems to diffuse the problem by insinuating that the driver was new and must have been on drugs. We don’t know that. Maybe the brake was faulty and the bus driver was not able to use it properly after a long drive.