Philip­pine bus falls off high­way, kills 22

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - By AGEN­CIES in Manila, the Philip­pines AFP— AP

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.

ROMEO RANOCO / REUTERS

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.

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