Seventeen people lost their lives in a devastating bus accident in the central Philippines, on a treacherous stretch of road known infamously as the 'killer curve'. The tragedy unfolded in the afternoon of Tuesday, in the Hamtic municipality of Antique province. The bus, owned by the Ceres bus company, veered off the road and plummeted into a 30-meter deep, heavily wooded ravine.
Kenyan Nationals Among the Victims
Among the deceased was a Kenyan national, while three other Kenyans were aboard the ill-fated vehicle. Their conditions range from critical to stable. Distressingly, the incident is not the first of its kind. This is the second accident involving a Ceres bus on this particular route.
Governor Calls for Action
Governor Rhodora Cadiao of Antique called for the dangerous road to be abandoned in an interview with local radio. Proposing a safer alternative, she cited the recurring mishaps as evidence of the road's fatal flaws. Witnesses to the accident suggested a possible mechanical failure, possibly brake failure, as the cause of the accident.
Government Pledges Support
The local government has promised to provide support for the medical and funeral expenses of the victims. Search and rescue operations have now concluded, and efforts have shifted towards retrieving the bus from the ravine. The Philippines is no stranger to road accidents, often due to drivers violating rules, inadequately maintained vehicles, or overloaded vehicles.