Bus accidents: Quick facts and figures

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A bus accident in Tuba, Benguet on March 3 is just the latest in a long string of accidents involving public utility buses.

(CNN Philippines) — Filipinos are used to hearing, almost every day, about bus accidents.

At dawn on Tuesday (March 3), 23 people were hurt when a bus figured in a mishap in Tuba, Benguet.

The bus driver claimed he was blinded by the headlights of a truck and was forced to drive to the right side of the road.

This incident is just the latest in a long string of accidents involving public utility buses.

Multiple deaths and injuries

In February 7, 2014, a GV Florida bus fell into a ravine in Bontoc, Mt. Province. Twenty-eight people were hurt and 15 died - the most number of deaths from a single bus accident in the country for that year.

According to Senior Supt. Oliver Enmodias, chief of the Mountain Province Police Provincial Office, the bus fell from a sharp curve and down a ravine.

The accident hit a nerve with a lot of people as one of those killed in the accident was comedian Arvin "Tado" Jimenez.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) hit the bus company hard, suspending GV Florida and filing a complaint of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide against Edgar Renon, the driver of the bus which figured in the incident.

The suspension against GV Florida has since been lifted and hearings on the Bontoc crash continue to this day.

Renon, who was sentenced to serve more than two years in jail, is reportedly on the run.

Another bus company, Don Mariano, came under fire after one of their buses fell from the Skyway on December 2013.

Twenty one people died in the incident and around 20 others were hurt.

The Highway Patrol Group-National Capital Region-South Luzon Expressway described the incident as the worst to have happened in the area.

According to Arnel del Rio, head of the LTFRB's Public Assistance and Complaints Desk, to date, there are 56 cases involving bus companies that have yet to be resolved.

Most of these cases involve reckless driving, physical injury, and damage to property.

An accident a day

The Land Transportation Office released a report which said 28 buses were involved in accidents in 2014.

In these 28 accidents, 56 people died while around 483 were injured.

In October 2014, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) released a report which said at least one fatal accident occurred in Metro Manila daily in 2013.

In the same report, the MMDA said there were 287 accidents involving buses in the Metro.

It added the most accident-prone roads in Metro Manila are EDSA, C5, and Commonwealth Avenue.

The MMDA has yet to release a report on 2014 accidents involving road vehicles.

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