2 dead, 38 wounded in Occidental Mindoro bus crash

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Two school officials died while 38 others were wounded after a bus fell into a 10-feet deep canal in Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro, Saturday night | Photo from Magsaysay MPS

(CNN Philippines, December 10) — Two school officials died while 38 others were wounded after a bus fell into a 10-feet deep canal in Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro, Saturday night.

Magsaysay police chief Senior Inspector Joselito Sape identified the fatalities as 51-year-old Jonathan Piñada, director of University of Rizal System-Morong, Rizal, and 52-year-old professor Elmer Dapillo.

Piñada and Dapillo, along with 44 students, were traveling to San Jose Occidental Mindoro to attend the Southern Tagalog Regional Association State Colleges and Universities (STRASUC) Olympics.

It was following a coaster, with 19 other delegates on board.

The Charm Aloha Travel bus lost its brakes upon reaching Sitio Bunga, Brgy. Nicolas in Magsaysay Occidental Mindoro at around 6:30 p.m.

The driver maneuvered to the left to avoid hitting the coaster, but fell into the canal.

The injured delegates were brought to San Jose District Hospital and Asilo Hospital in San Jose, the adjacent town of Magsaysay.

Police is looking for Julius Beleno, the bus driver, who has gone missing.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Spokesperson Aileen Lizada said the bus was out of line. It was only allowed in Region 3, but Mindoro is on Region 4-B.

Lizada said the bus company may face a 30-day preventive suspension.

The LTFRB spokesperson also said it must be clarified if the bus was a tourist bus, or a regular bus.

"Tourist bus walang problema yan kasi anywhere pwede siyang pumunta. But if that is a regular bus, kailangan meron siyang special trip. So we need to find out with the school kung meron," Lizada said.

(Translation: There would be no problem if this is a tourist bus, since it can go anywhere. But if that is a regular bus, it needs to have a special trip permit. We have to find out from the school if it has any.)

The Passenger Accident Management and Insurance Agency (PAMI) will cover the medical expenses of the injured passengers, Lizada added.