The Southern Police District (SPD) on Monday confirmed that at least 15 persons were killed after a public utility bus (PUBs) bus fell off the Skyway in Paranaque City and landed on a closed-van early Monday.
The SPD said the Don Mariano bus (UVC-916) plying the Novaliches-Pacita route, was cruising on the Skyway towards Alabang when it reportedly fell off the Skyway in Barangay Marcelo Green at around 5:30 a.m. and crashed on the closed van (ULX-874) which was traveling on the Liway West Service Road below.
The SPD said at least seven injured bus passengers were rushed to the Paranaque Doctors Hospital.
For his part, Luis Panganiban of Skyway’s command center said traffic is now heavy from C5 to Sucat due to the accident.
While he said the command center has yet to receive the final report on the circumstances of the accident, initial information reaching their office said the Don Mariano Transit bus was traveling along an elevated portion of the Skyway and for still undetermined reason, fell at the service road and crashed below the closed van at the southbound lane.
Panganiban said they still could not yet confirm the 21 fatalities reported over radio and the exact number of those injured.
The incident transpired around 5:15 a.m., he added. PNA