Bus driver in SLEx mishap found in Batangas

Posted at 03/25/14 3:33 PM

BATANGAS - The driver of the Southern Carrier bus involved in an accident in South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) was found in a hospital in Talisay, Batangas Tuesday.

Sulpicio Marasigan, 54, gave his statement to the Highway Patrol Group while in the hospital.

The Southern Commuter Carrier bus carrying at least 48 passengers from Lipa, Batangas, turned over along SLEx's northbound lane after its right rear tires were dislodged near Sta. Rosa exit at around 6:45 a.m. Monday.

At least 45 people were injured in the accident.

According to Michael Salalima, Corporate Affairs head of Southern Carrier Bus, Marasigan heard a noise coming from the bus' tires. He lost control of the bus when he stepped on the brakes.

The driver also denied that he was under the influence of illegal drugs at the time of the accident, after authorities found drug paraphernalia beside the bus' driver's seat.

Marasigan explained that he never used drugs because he has two teenage daughters. He is also willing to undergo a drug test.

Salalima answered the allegations that the bus was a colorum unit, after a "RRCG Bus" marking was found on its rear portion.

He said those who painted the bus got confused as RRCG and Southern Carrier use the same terminal. The two companies use almost the same colors.

He added that they will soon repaint all Southern Carrier bus units to avoid confusion.

Salalima said the company will accept any penalty imposed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). - report from Dennis Datu, DZMM