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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - At least 22 people were killed and 20 more were hurt after a passenger bus fell from an elevated expressway in Taguig City and fell on a closed van before dawn on Monday.


Police said a Don Mariano Transit bound for Pacita Complex, San Pedro City, Laguna, plunged from the Skyway and crushed the van on the southbound lane of the South Luzon Express Way service road.


The incident happened at around 5 a.m.


Authorities said that 10 of the passengers died on the spot and seven persons were immediately rushed to the hospital for injuries.


Reports said that majority of the fatalities were passengers of the bus because the van only had two occupants.


An updated figure from the police said that 20 people were injured in the accident.


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Meanwhile, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has ordered the grounding of the 78 units of the Don Mariano Transit Corp. pending the results of the investigation on the deadly mishap.


Units of the same bus company had figured in several deadly accidents in the past.


Related: Franchise in Skyway tragedy had 'past accidents'
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21 dead as bus falls from Skyway

Monday, December 16, 2013

MANILA -- A passenger bus plunged from an elevated highway and fell onto a van passing below on Monday morning, killing at least 21 people and injuring 20 others, police said.

Police Superintendent Elizabeth Velasquez said the bus veered off the Parañaque City Skyway and crashed onto the van. Velasquez said the driver died in the hospital.

Skyway Operations and Maintenance Corp. spokeswoman Ivy Vidal said it wasn't immediately clear what caused the accident but “the highway was wet from rain.”

Bodies of passengers are covered in newspapers as they are laid down on the road after a passenger bus plunged from an elevated highway known as the Skyway Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, in suburban Paranaque southeast of Manila, Philippines. Officials said at least 21 people died, mostly passengers, and more than 20 others were injured in the accident. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Irene Sisperes, a motorist who witnessed the accident, said she was driving with her daughter at 80 kilometers per hour (50 mph) when the bus overtook her car. She estimated that the bus was traveling at between 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) and 110 kph (68 mph).

Sisperes said it was still dark and it was raining when the accident happened.

"After a few meters, I saw the bus fell and I shouted, 'The bus fell, the bus fell'," she told DZMM radio, adding that there were no other cars nearby.

She said she saw the damaged railing of the highway and some debris and reported the incident at the toll gate. (AP)

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for what it's worth:



Transport body suspends bus firm in Skyway accident


MANILA, Philippines–The Land Transportation and Franchising Board (LTFRB) on Monday issued a 30-day preventive suspension for all the 78 units of Don Mariano Transit.

The order was made after one of the bus firm’s units fell off the Skyway on the South Luzon Expressway in Taguig City Monday morning killing at least 22 people.

“The board issued a preventive suspension to all the 78 units of Don Mariano Transit and we will require them to immediately stop their operation and submit their units for inspection,” said LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez in an interview over Inquirer Radio 990AM.

Winston said the owner of the bus, Dr. Melissa Lim, has agreed to recall all the buses and will have to undergo road-worthiness inspections.

Based on records, Ginez said, the Don Mariano Transit was named as the most dangerous bus operator in Metro Manila based on damages to property since 2011.

“They already have pending cases regarding previous accidents the bus company had been involved in and we are looking into it,” he said.

Ginez said LTFRB together with the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), and Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group will conduct a joint investigation on the accident.

“After the investigation is done, we will study if the franchise will be suspended or totally cancelled,” he said.

The victims, according to Ginez, are automatically covered by insurance.

“The dead people will receive P75 thousand and those injured will receive P15 thousand,” he said noting that the families of the fatalities will receive additional monetary reparation after cases will be filed against the bus operator.

The LTFRB chair assured the public that they are conducting their modernization program and buses that are more than 15 years will be phased out.

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Skyway Operations and Maintenance Corp. spokeswoman Ivy Vidal said it wasn't immediately clear what caused the accident 


Speed. That bus line is notorious amongst commuters for being the fastest. 

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They should do 30 day suspension of Ceres buses too. They are always racing down the highways and flipping over.

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ed villas

seems that newspapers are now in fashion to cover the dead,

thats so sad. yet typical of a 3rd world country,



(over heard at the site, hay can you pass me the sports page this one has too much blood)

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Speed yes and I wouldn't doubt a tire blew.


Speeding (120kph), raining (bus 80kph on dry pavement, 60kph posted when raining), worn-out tires (no visible treads)... as per the latest ANC TV news... CCTV shows the bus started skidding in the heavy rain...

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The news really doesn't get any better for Don Mariano Transport.....




36 of 42 Don Mariano buses fail roadworthiness tests

By XIANNE ARCANGEL,GMA NewsDecember 17, 2013 8:19pm


Thirty-six out of 42 buses of the Don Mariano Transit Corp. failed road-worthiness tests administered on them on Tuesday, a report on GMA News' “24 Oras” said.

The tests were conducted a day after one of the firm's buses fell off the Skyway and crashed into a van, killing 18 and injuring 16 others.

The “24 Oras” report said some of the defects discovered by Land Transportation Office (LTO) inspectors were broken headlights and windshields, defective wipers and signal lights, and worn-out seatbelts.
Engr. Joel Donato, head of the LTO-Motor Vehicle Inspection section that conducted the tests, told GMA News Online that only six Don Mariano buses passed the tests conducted at the LTO’s North Motor Vehicle Inspection Center in Quezon City.
Donato said LTO regulators hope to finish administering roadworthiness tests to the remaining 35 buses owned by Don Mariano on Wednesday.

Bald tires

Based on the initial investigation conducted by members of the police's Highway Patrol Group, the Don Mariano bus involved in Monday's deadly accident had bald tires.
In a televised interview, however, lawyer Jason Cantil, legal counsel for the Don Mariano Transit, said the bus' bald tires were an exception.
“Nataon lang po siguro na hindi na-check 'yung gulong na nasa picture. Maayos naman po 'yung mga ibang buses namin,” Cantil said.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has ordered the suspension of Don Mariano Transit Corp.’s entire 77-unit fleet following the accident.
It also ordered the company’s drivers to undergo a mandatory drug test and road safety seminar.

Franchise faces cancellation

LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez said an initial record check showed one of Don Mariano's seven franchises may be canceled after the units under it were involved in three violations, including last Monday's accident.
That particular franchise covers 21 units of Don Mariano, he said.
The LTFRB has set the hearing of Don Mariano Transit Corp.’s latest case on January 7, 2014.
Donato said the company has until that date to fix the defects found in its buses before each unit can be given a certificate of compliance. After this, the buses will be subject to another round of tests to ensure they are worthy to hit the road.

Helping victims

In a television report aired on “Quick Response Team,” Cantil said the company is currently focused on extending all the assistance it can provide the victims and their families.
“[Ang focus namin ay] more on how to help the victim rather than doon po sa suspension namin. ‘Yan po ang immediate concern namin. ‘Yung drive po ng Don Mariano ngayon, kung paano matutulungan yung mga nabiktima,” he said.
Based on the LTO’s inspection, Donato said while none of Don Mariano's buses were too decrepit to be on the streets, most of its buses were poorly maintained.
“Bago-bago pa ang mga bus nila (Don Mariano). Walang over 15 years old. Pero hindi name-mentain nang maayos yung mga units at hindi rin naiinspeksyon regularly ng mismong company,” he said.
Donato said the LTO conducts a mandatory inspection of buses once a year when bus companies apply for registration.
After this, inspections are only carried out by the agency in the companies’ own garages before peak seasons for bus commuters on Holy Week, schools’ semestral breaks,  All Saints Day,and Christmas Day.

“In between doon sa mga inspection [dates] na iyon, responsibilidad na ng kumpanya na inspeksyunin at i-maintain yung kanilang fleet,” he said. — KBK, GMA News


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on the radio this morning they were saying out of 22 dead, only 4 have been identified.  The other 18 have not been identified because all their personal possessions had been looted before police turned up!!!  If true I'm lost for words...

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