Call for improved transport system in the Philippines following fatal accident
by FFE PH News Staff
A speeding bus fell from the Skyway onto a van in the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) in TaguigCity Monday morning, killing at least 22 people and injuring others.
Initial investigation by the police shows that the bus was speeding down an elevated highway when it skidded, fell of the railing, and into the van.
The Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Winson Ginez already suspended operations of the whole bus company but the fatal accident prompts the question whether the government should beef up their testing system when issuing license to drivers.
Local personalities react to the accident as the death toll is feared to increase since many of the injured are in critical condition.
“They should ban buses on the skyway. My heart goes out to all those affected in the accident,” Derek Ramsay tweeted.
TV host Bianca Gonzalez appealed to drivers not to be reckless in the streets.
“Many dead/injured as bus drives over skyway onto Bicutan. Bus drivers please mag-ingat at wag kaskasero! Madaming buhay nasa kamay ninyo,” Bianca said.
Anne Curtis hoped that the accident will be a wakeup call to the government and sent out prayers to the families of those who died.
“Praying for all the lives lost on the bus accident this morning and the loved ones they left behind. Such sad news,” Anne tweeted a few hours after the accident. “I hope this is a wake up call to the government and MMDA. This isn’t the first time. Bus drivers are some of the most misbehaved drivers on the road. They are scary. Always after quota they need to reach. They don’t stay in their lines and speed like crazy.”
Anne added that government-run and owned bus transportation may bring more discipline to drivers.
Senator Sonny Angara meanwhile challenged the construction of the skyway the bus fell from.
“Can improvements be made to the skyway? Buses and vehicles really shouldn’t be falling off. Been too much loss of life/limb,” the Senator said.
The corporation running the Skyway said it was unclear what caused the accident but mentioned that they highway was wet due to the rain and traffic was heavy from C5 to Sucat.