Driver hurt as SUV slams into bus along EDSA

Posted at 03/22/14 12:15 PM

MANILA -- A man was injured after his sports utility vehicle (SUV) rear-ended a passenger bus along the southbound lane of EDSA-Magallanes past 5 a.m. on Saturday.

Twenty-eight-year-old Thomas Alvarez, who identified himself as a son of a congressman in Palawan, sustained fractures on his right arm after his hand was pinned under his car's steering wheel due to the collision.

He was immediately brought to the hospital for medical treatment.

According to traffic officer Jerry Gadon, the SUV with plate number ZER 145 slammed into the bus with plate number TXF 296 after the latter suddenly stopped supposedly to drop off passengers.

He noted, however, that the site where the bus stopped was not an unloading area.

The driver of the bus, identified as Rioben Calatero, admitted that he knows that it was not an unloading area.

But he claimed the SUV was speeding when the accident occurred.

Alvarez, for his part, said he did not notice the passenger bus.

The front and right portion of the victim's SUV was heavily damaged.

Gadon said Calatero may face charges of reckless imprudence resulting in serious physical injuries and damage to property.

The accident, meanwhile, caused traffic to temporarily stall in the area. -- Reports from Eric Dastas, dzMM; Kori Quintos, ABS-CBN News