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Skyway Accident: Manila Bus Plunges Off Road in Philippines, 21 Dead

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Monday, 16 Dec 2013 02:16 PM

By Clyde Hughes

A bus accident along a Metro Manila Skyway in the Philippines city of Taguig City killed at least 21 people and injured 20 more when the bus plunged 32 feet off the skyway early Monday.

Authorities were still trying to determine what made a Pacita-bound Don Mariano bus fall off the southbound lane of the skyway and crash onto a van, the Manila Bulletin wrote.

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The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board suspended the Don Mariano bus line for 30 days pending an investigation into the accident and could halt the entire fleet.

Surviving bus passenger Ryan Bresa told The Associated Press that the bus may have been moving too fast for the driver to control and the passenger vehicle began swerving before it fell from the highway.

Paranaque Doctors' Hospital medical director Dr. Carmencita Solidum told the AP that the bus and van drivers were brought to the hospital along with 10 injured. The bus driver was in critical condition while the van driver suffered minor injuries.

Motorist Irene Sisperes, who witnessed the accident, told the AP that she was driving about 50 mph on the skyway with her daughter as a passenger when the bus zoomed past her. Sisperes estimated the bus was traveling between 62 to 68 mph.

It was raining and still dark when the accident occurred.

"After a few meters, I saw the bus fall and I shouted, 'The bus fell, the bus fell,'" Sisperes told radio station DZMM radio, according to The Associated Press. She reported the accident at the toll gate.

A bus from another company fell from the Skyway near the same area two years ago leaving three people dead and four others injured.

The usually congested Metro Manila Skyway was approved for a three-part upgrade last year to be completed in 2015.

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