3 dead, more than 40 passengers hurt after bus fell off bridge in Leyte

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  • A Philtranco passenger bus fell off a bridge in Tanauan, Leyte
  • Three passengers were killed, including two minors, and 40 others were hurt
  • Investigators believe the driver may have fallen asleep and lost control of the steering wheel

MANILA, Philippines – At least 3 passengers were killed and several others were injured after a passenger bus fell off a bridge in Tanauan, Leyte shortly before midnight on Tuesday, May 22.

The Tanauan police identified the victims as Queenly Galagnara, 3; Wendell Simbajon, 15; and Brian Noterte, 30.

Initial investigation revealed the Philtranco Bus with plate number ACA 9771 was bound for Tandag City, Surigao Del Sur from Pasay City carrying 52 passengers when it veered off the road and fell off the Solano Bridge in Barangay Buntay around 11:45 pm.

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The police believe the driver, Edgardo Legaspi, may have fallen asleep and lost control of the steering wheel before the incident happened.

Rescuers from the Tanauan Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council were immediately dispatched to the area to help the victims.

More than 40 passengers were hurt; 13 of them were rushed to the Leyte Provincial Hospital and are now receiving treatment.

Authorities said rescuers had difficulty in retrieving the passengers because the area was dark.

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SPO3 Restituto Faron, officer-on-case of the Tanauan police station, told Inquirer that many of the passengers are currently housed at the evacuation of Barangay Canramos upon the order of Tanauan Mayor Pelagio Tecson.

Meanwhile, the driver, Legaspi, is currently detained at the police station where he could possibly face charges of reckless imprudence resulting to multiple homicide, and multiple physical injuries and damage to property.

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