A Passenger Jeepney with no less than 20 passengers on board was hit by two trucks while traversing Cavitex.
The Jeepney was crumpled like a tin can.
Initial investigation revealed that the passenger jeepney was traversing the 3rd lane going North of Cavitex (An Expressway Going South of Metro Manila) when one of its tires exploded.
The right-back tire of the passenger jeepney exploded at around noon.
According to Rosauro Hipol, traffic manager of Cavitex, the Saulog bus was behind the passenger jeepney when the right-back tire exploded, the jeepney went into a slowdown but because of the short distance between the two-vehicle, the bus was not able to apply the brake on time and hit the jeepney.
The Driver of the Saulog bus, Romnick Pintor, said that the bus was traveling at 60 kilometers per hour. But because of the sudden stoppage of the passenger jeepney in front, the break failed to prevent the bus from hitting the jeepney.
When the Saulog bus hit the jeepney, the jeepney swerved to the left and bumped by another approaching bus, the Jasper Jean.
The Jeepney’s ceiling separated and the passengers flying around.
The injured passengers were rushed to the San Juan De Dios Hospital.
The Driver of the passenger jeepney was nowhere to be found and believed to have run away and in hiding.
Police Senior Inspector Albert Arevalo, Chief of the Las Pinas traffic unit said that no one should be blamed as it was pure accident. But he further said that it will be the fiscal’s office to decide after they will submit the result of their investigation.
Time and again the reminders to the drivers and operators of motor vehicles that they must always check the condition of their vehicle before traveling and always keep a safe distance between vehicles.