Fourteen passengers are dead in a horrific crash when a bus carrying them crashed Monday into an electric post on a hilly descent, disaster management officials said.
The passengers, mostly college students on a field trip, were killed after the bus lost its brakes and crashed into the post at around 9 a.m., in Sitio Bayucan, Barangay Sampaloc in Tanay, the Tanay Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) said.
Engineer Carlos Inofre, head of the Tanay MDRRMO said the bus was carrying students from BestLink College of the Philippines in Novaliches, Quezon City.
The students were en route to Sacramento Adventure Camp in Tanay, Rizal, 50 kms east of Manila when the bus lost its brakes going downhill and crashed into an electric post.
The collision caused the post to collapse, fall on the bus, and crush its roof. The bus’ engine also fell from the vehicle because of the impact.
Authorities have yet to release an official tally on how many students were injured. The Tanay Public Information Office estimates there were around 50 passengers riding the bus.
Passengers injured in the crash were brought to the 2nd Infantry Division Army Station Hospital, Tanay General Hospital, and Rizal Provincial Hospital.
The Tanay MDRRMO said the bus driver was among those killed in the accident.
In a text message to CNN Philippines, Coach Bus Tours, which owns the bus unit, said they will shoulder the victims’ medical and funeral expenses.
Source and image: CNN, Bangkok Post