QUEZON CITY, Philippines – A horrific bus crashed has claimed the lives of 4 individuals and has injured at least 16 others.
A Valisno Transit Express struck the boundary arch that rests between Quezon City and Caloocan City yesterday.
The Philippines Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has suspended all 62 units of the Valisno Transit Express and has barred them from operating for at least 30 days.
The incident happened at approximately 7:25 a.m. in Barangay Largo, Quezon City – an investigation into the accident shows that Valisno Bus #TXV-715 was heading to San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan with it rammed the arch.
The impact was severe and instantly killed two men – two other’s have died after being transported to the hospital for their injuries.
At least 16 others, including the bus conductor were injured in the mishap – they were rushed to Dr. Jose Ridriguez Memorial Hospital in Tala, Caloocan. The bus driver surrendered to the bus company several hours later after the deadly accident, he originally fled the scene.
The LTFRB has ordered all Valisno bus units to undergo road worthiness inspection – the bus driver was directed to take an immediate drug test and safety seminars aside from securing clearances from the police and the National Bureau of Investigation. Oddly those same things should have been secured beforehand.
The horrific impact of this bus shows that the Philippines is badly in need of an inspection law, one that makes commercial vehicles such as these, to be inspected yearly for road worthiness, not after. When will bus accidents and taking lives matter? just another simple case of ineptitude in every way possible.
Under the provisions set by the LTFRB, each family who lost a member’s life on the bus will receive 150,000 pesos each – those injured will receive 15,000 pesos each.