Bus rams Ortigas flyover railing; driver texting?

Posted at 07/04/12 4:07 PM

MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) – At least 8 people were injured after a bus rammed a railing at the EDSA flyover in Ortigas Wednesday afternoon.

MMDA forklift removing a Don Mariano bus that rammed the railing at the EDSA-Ortigas flyover. Photo courtesy of MMDA.

The injured victims included a motorcycle rider who got hit by the bus. The rest were bus passengers.

The injured bus passengers were identified as:

• Manuel Embuedo Jr., 46
• Aiza Joseph, 20
• Louie Baragan, 25
• Evelyn Lanang, 60
• Julio Ardena, 41
• Jennifer Hijastro, 41
• Maritess Capilitan, 39

The bus also hit a post of the MRT-3 located beside the flyover.

MMDA traffic discipline unit head Yves Gonzalez, in his Twitter account, said the service road of EDSA-Ortigas southbound was temporarily closed, from the office of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration until Highway 54 building, while the bus was being removed.

The accident caused heavy traffic along EDSA-Ortigas southbound at around 3 .

Texting while driving?

Don Mariano bus (TXE 274) driver Lorenzo Beron said he inadvertently rammed the railing after he avoided a motorcycle and a car along the road’s southbound lane.

“Madulas ‘yung kalsada eh, ‘pag apply ko ng preno nag-pivot na siya eh,” he said.

However, one of the passengers alleged that the driver was texting on his cellphone and wasn’t focused on the road.

“’Yung driver kasi kaskasero po talaga, matulin talaga. Pinakaliwa, pinakanan, tapos bumangga na kami. Wala namang iniwasan kasi nagte-text ‘yung driver,” said Evelyn Lanang, one of the passengers.

Beron is now in the custody of Mandaluyong Traffic Bureau and may face charges of reckless imprudence resulting to damage to property and multiple physical injuries. -- with reports from Henry Atuelan, dzMM; Jenny Reyes, ABS-CBN News