2013 Manila Skyway bus accident

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2013 Manila Skyway bus accident
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Map of expressways in Luzon, with the South Luzon Expressway in red
Details
Date 16 December 2013
Time 5:15
Location South Luzon Expressway
between Parañaque and Taguig
Country Philippines
Bus operator Don Mariano Transit Corporation
Cause Over speeding
Statistics
Passengers 42
Deaths 18
Injuries 20
Damage 2 (A bus and a van)

The 2013 Manila Skyway bus accident occurred on December 16, 2013 in Bicutan, Taguig after a bus fell off from the Metro Manila Skyway and crushing a delivery van that fatally wounded the van's driver.[1] 18 people died and 20 others were injured.[2] The Highway Patrol Group-National Capital Region-South Luzon Expressway described the incident as the worst to have happened along the Skyway.[3]

Accident[edit]

The accident occurred in the Manila suburb of Parañaque at around 5:15 AM.[4] The bus was traveling on the Metro Manila Skyway, one of the longest flyovers in the world that runs parallel to the South Luzon Expressway. The bus fell six meters from the Skyway and crashed on top of a van that was on the road below.[5] Eighteen passengers of the bus were killed. The driver of the bus, Carmelo Catlatcat, was not killed.[6] As a result of the accident, traffic was slowed down on the highway.[7]

Investigation[edit]

The company who owned and operated the bus, Don Mariano Transit, had to suspend transit for thirty days for an investigation into the accident to be carried out. The Department of Transportation and Communications required the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to suspend all of the seventy-eight buses that Don Mariano Transit owned. The driver of the bus, Carmelo Catlatcat, had to undergo a drug test.[8] An audit of over four hundred thousand public utility buses is being executed in Manila following the accident.[9] The driver and operator of the bus are facing charges by the authorities.[10]

The Department of Labor and Employment admitted that Don Mariano Transit Corporation's Labor Standards Compliance Certificate was expired since July 2013.[11] It was also reported that the Don Mariano Transit did not pay its drivers their monthly salary.[12]

Bus driver, Carmelo Catlatcat, tested positive for drug use while the results on his alcohol test is still pending. Chief Superintendent Arrazad Subong of the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol group, said that the drug test was somehow irrelevant as their investigation already shows that the bus a few moments before the accident occurred had worn out tires and was overspeeding. The driver will face criminal charges of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide, multiple injuries and damage to property. If convicted, he may face at least six years of imprisonment but due to the number of fatalities caused by the accident the driver may face life imprisonment instead.[3]

Reaction[edit]

Jason Cantil, legal counsel for the Don Mariano Transit, described that the accident was an isolated incident. Cantil said that the tires of the bus involved may not have been inspected but claimed that all other buses of the company were in good condition.[13]

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., encouraged public utility vehicles to use speed-limiting or monitoring devices. He said that such devices would benefit bus operators to prevent accidents similar to the skyway accident. Coloma, added that it is up to the legislators to come up with a law on mandating operators to install such devices to their vehicles. Coloma also reiterated the government's preferences on allowing the private sector to operate public transport as it is more efficient. He said the government's role is to regulate the private sector.[14]

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, plans to make the installation of speed-limiting devices on public utility vehicles as a response to the accident.[3] The Department of Labor and Employment vowed to be stricter in monitoring of labor law compliance.[15]

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