One of the leading causes of road accidents is overspeeding or reckless driving, especially in the Philippines where drivers of buses, jeepneys, and taxis floor the gas pedal like they’re the kings of the highway.
Under the Republic Act No. 4136, trucks and buses can only travel at the maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour while traversing expressways. In boulevards and avenues, they can only reach up to 30 kph. Any number above the designated figure is already considered reckless driving.
Even if the driver is careful, circumstances such as the machine or the engine of the vehicle breaking down can also be one of the causes.
This was what presumably happened to a tourist bus who traversed to Tanay, Rizal, who got into an accident in the vicinity of Magnetic Hill, Peligirino Farm, Sitio Bakuyan, Barangay Sampaloc.
According to a report by ABS-CBN News, the bus was carrying the students of Bestlink College Novaliches and were supposed to go on a camping activity in a Tanay resort. This was relayed by the chief of the Tanay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Engineer Carlos Inofre.
The bus had the plate number TXS-325 and was rented from the Harana Tours. A total of 50 passengers were inside, Inore stated. 14 people were already confirmed dead from the accident.
The rest of the corpses were brought to San Isidro Funeral Homes. DZMM Teleradyo was able to gather a statement from a student, who said that they smelled something burning before the accident took place.
The bus wasn’t speeding but the student claimed that they were on a steep road. It was reported that the bus itself lost the ability to brake and immediately rammed to the nearest electric post.