1 dead, 43 hurt after bus falls into ravine in Olongapo

Posted at 04/21/14 8:29 PM

A Victory Liner bus fell into a ravine in Olongapo City on Monday, leaving at least one dead and 40 others injured, police say. Photo by Jeff Gallos, dzMM

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - One person died while 43 others were injured after a Victory Liner passenger bus fell into a ravine in Olongapo City on Monday, police said.

The incident occurred at around 5 p.m. Monday in Purok 12, Barangay Old Cabalan.

Initial police investigation showed that the bus' brakes failed, and the driver lost control of the vehicle.

An unidentified bystander who was hit by the bus died in the incident, police said.

She is between 45 to 50 years old. Her body was brought to the James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital.

Bus passengers who were injured were also brought to the same hospital.

Out of the 43 injured, 6 remain in the hospital as of posting, according to police Senior Supt. Pedrito Delos Reyes, Olongapo City police chief.  

They were identified as Peter Yabut, 61, from San Felipe, Zambales; Sandy Zenaida, 36, from Mandaluyong; Anita Manzano, 68, from Bataan, and Teresita Villanueva and Leonardo Villanueva, both from Olongapo City.

Alan Bustos, the bus driver, is now under the custody of Olongapo City Police Station 1.

Hernan Valencia, assistant terminal manager of Victory Liner, told radio DZMM that that they are coordinating with the hospital and promised to give financial assistance to the victims.

The Victory Liner bus bound for Zambales left Manila past 1 p.m. Monday. -- reports from Jeff Gallos, dzMM; ANC