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Human error blamed on Philtranco bus accident

Photo shows the ill-fated Philtranco bus bound for Surigao City that met the accident at Barangay Buntay, Tanauan, Leyte last Tuesday midnight that claimed the lives of its three passengers.​ NESTOR L. ABREMATEA

TACLOBAN CITY, May 30, 2018–AN official of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Eastern Visayas has blamed human error as the cause of the bus accident involving a Philtranco bus last Tuesday night at the national highway of Barangay Buntay in Tanauan, Leyte.

LTO 8 Regional Director Edgar Catarongan said that based on their investigation, the driver fell asleep at the wheel before the accident that killed three passengers and hurt many others.

He said Philtranco driver Edgardo Legaspi, 49 years old, and a resident of Brgy. Bagong Silang 2, Surigao City, is now facing criminal charges for the accident.

“The claim of the driver that a bad spirit grabbed his seat and caused the accident was not true,” Catarongan said.

Catarongan said he has reported their investigation to the LTO Central Office last Wednesday in order that administrative penalties be imposed by their office against the Philtranco bus company.

The LTO in Eastern Visayas said the Philtraco bus was not overloaded as earlier report in the local media.

The passenger bus was coming from Manila and was bound for Surigao City when it met the accident.

The three passengers that died while being rushed to the Leyte Provincial Hospital and Schistosomiasis Hospital both in Palo, Leyte were Bryan Noterti, 30 years old, Quinelyn Galagnara, 3 years old, of Brgy. San Jose, Dinagat Island and Windel Simbajon y Bonilla, 15 years old, of Dumoy, Davao City.

The Philtranco bus management vowed to shoulder all expenses and burial of the victims as well as those injured in the vehicular accident. (Nestor L.​ ​Abrematea)

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