Police: Failed brakes caused bus accident

Posted on October 28, 2012

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By Correspondents Joy Cherry Quito and Carmel Matus

Bus crash investigators said the accident, where seven were killed in Toledo City, Saturday night was caused by a brake malfunction.

SPO2 Larry Pili of Toledo police station said the brakes did not work when the bus was trying to maneuver the curved road in barangay DAS in Toledo City.

The Jegans bus with 49 passengers going Pinamungahan tow rammed a concrete fence before overturning.

The bus driver is detained at the Toledo police station. Affidavits of passengers are being taken.

One passenger said the bus driver was speeding trying to overtake another bus and was speeding just before they reached the blind curve and crashed.

Former congressman Antonio Yapha who owns the fleet of Jegans bus visited the victims admitted at a government hospital in Cebu City.

Land Transportation and Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB-7) chief Ahmed Cuizon said they may ground some of the buses of Jegans bus.

A total of 43 passengers were treated for various injuries.

The latest of seven casualties was a 61-year old woman from Pinamungahan who died at the VSMMC.

Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia consoles the family of Felidelfa Barabate, among the casualty in the Toledo bus crash VSMMC (CARMEL R. MATUS)

Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and 3rd district Rep. Pablo John Garcia visited victims at the hospital.

The congressman said his district office and the Capitol would shoulder expenses not covered by the company insurance. 

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