Philippine bus falls off highway, kills 22
At least 22 people were killed when a speeding commuter bus crashed off an elevated motorway onto a delivery van in the Philippine capital Manila early on Monday, emergency authorities said.
At least a dozen bodies had been pulled from the twisted debris of the overturned bus, police spokeswoman Elizabeth Velasquez told reporters.
“It was not clear how this accident happened,” she said.
One witness reported seeing the bus speeding in poor weather.
Rescue workers were still pulling bodies from the wreckage in a Manila suburb, and at least 20 injured people had been rushed to a hospital, Velasquez said.
The Philippines is notorious for its poor traffic safety record, as well as for its snarling lines of traffic in major cities.
In 2011, the Asian Development Bank said nearly 1,900 people had been killed in more than 85,000 road accidents in the Philippines.
Monday’s crash caused traffic chaos in the sprawling city of 11.5 million people.
While police said they were investigating the cause of the crash, one witness said she saw the bus speeding past moments before the crash.
“I was driving at 80 km/ h because it was still dark and raining when this bus overtook us,” the woman, who gave her name as Irene, told dzMM radio.
“It was probably running at more than 100 km/h. Minutes later, I saw the bus fall off the highway. The railings on the highway were also gone.”
Ryan Bresa, a passenger who survived, said the bus may have been traveling too fast and the driver to tried control the vehicle.
Transportation authorities immediately halted all other services run by Don Mariano Transport, saying the company had figured in an unspecified number of road accidents since 2011.
Rescuers carry a body on a stretcher past a bus that fell off an elevated expressway and crashed onto a van in Manila on Monday.