Brake failure is being blamed for a head-on collision between two passenger buses in the Philippines early Sunday morning left five people dead and 45 others injured, town police said.
Police Officer 2 Emmy Rose Organis, desk officer of the Libmanan police, stated the drivers of the Elavil bus and Antonina bus were both immediately killed at the time of the crash, as did the conductor on the Elavil bus. “There are also 45 other passengers now in the hospital,” she said.
According to the initial investigation of the crash, the driver of the Manila-bound Antonina bus lost control of his vehicle at around 12:30 a.m., swerved onto the opposite lane and hit the Elavil bus, which was headed for Naga City. “It could be a mechanical problem, the bus probably also lost its brakes,” Organis said.
Tons of locals, first responders and good Samaritans in the area immediately brought the injured to nearby hospitals.
According to police data, road accidents kill an average of 1,200 people across the Philippines each year. Most of the accidents have been attributed to speeding, improper overtaking, and predominantly mechanical defects.Full story at GMA NEWS