PAMPANGA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A bus conductor of the Victory Liner bus company died on Monday, September 22, while the driver is fighting for his life, even as 21 other passengers were injured when the vehicle smashed into a 14-wheeler Isuzu truck along along North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).
Earlier, Inspector Roland Manulit, Mexico Pampanga Municipal Police Station (MPS) police officer on duty, identified the fatality as Benedict Dipad, the Victory Liner bus conductor who " died on the spot, while his driver Renato Fajardo is now fighting for his life."
Manulit said that based on the initial investigation the Victory Liner bus, with body number 239, rammed into the Isuzu truck with body number S8NHA by Noel Pabustan, who was heading southbound, after refueling in the area.
Last April, Victory Liner company was slapped with a preventive suspension on 42 buses after one of its buses figured in a deadly accident in Zambales.
Preventively suspended by LTFRB were 42 units of Victory Liner plying the route between Zambales and Manila, according to a statement released at the time by LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez said.
"Re Victory Liner accident in Olongapo on April 21, a Preventive Suspension Order will be issued today for 42 units w/ route Zamb - Manila," Ginez said.
Manulit said that this time, the Victory Liner bus came from Baguio City and was bound for Pasay City when it rear-ended the truck which was also heading the same route.
Manulit said Fajardo and the other passengers were brought to the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Hospital in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga for medical treatment.
A follow-up report notes that an investigation is still ongoing. Interviews will be conducted for possible witnesses in order to determine the filing of appropriate charges for those who were liable for the collision. – Rappler.com