LOOK: Woman loses hand in bus accident
MANILA - A woman lost her right hand in a bus accident on the South Luzon Expressway on Monday morning.
The victim, Almarie Camson, suffered the most among the 22 injured passengers.
In a photo taken by one of her fellow passengers, Camson is seen lying on the ground, her pants stained with blood and only a towel covering her mangled hand.
It was unclear if she received first aid to stop the bleeding and possibly even save her hand.
The 35-year-old Camson was on her way to Manila for training since she was applying to become a domestic helper in Hong Kong.
"Dapat sagutin nila iyan. May mga anak pa yan. Dapat sagutin nila paano na makakapagtrabaho iyan," said her father, Alberto Marcelino.
More than 20 people were hurt in the bus crash.
A CCTV video shows light traffic along the northbound lane of the South Luzon Expressway shortly before 7 a.m. Monday.
Suddenly, a Southern Carrier bus fell on its side after two of its wheels came off.
The bus was heading to Makati from Lipa, Batangas.
It was carrying 45 people, with many of them on their way to work.
"Bigla na lang natanggal iyung gulong sa likuran, nag-turtle siya. Katabi ko yung babae naputol yung kamay niya," said bus passenger Edgar Lagrimas.
Eighteen-year-old Richard Litan, who was going to UP Manila, was also hurt.
"I heard a suspicious sound sa gulong. Hindi siya naagapan ng driver. Nagising lang ako sa time nag-sway iyung bus. Napatama po siya sa concrete," he said.
Authorities say it's possible the bus was not well-maintained, which is why its two wheels came off.
But an RRCG inspector said all Southern Carrier buses undergo inspections.
RRGC is a sister company of Southern Carrier.
The bus driver, Sulpicio Marasigan, fled after the accident.
Police said they found a beer bottle and drug paraphernalia near marasigan's seat.
However, in a statement, Southern Carrier said it strictly prohibits alcohol and illegal drugs.
Southern Carrier also said it will shoulder the medical expenses of the injured passengers.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, meanwhile, is investigating the accident. - reports from Francis Faulve and Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News; Dennis Datu, dzMM; ANC