A horrific skyway accident in Manila occurred after a passenger bus plunged from a highway in Taguig, a suburb in the south of Manila, during rush hour on Monday morning. At least 15 people were instantly killed in the tragic skyway accident and many more were seriously injured, according to initial police reports. A Dec. 15 Associated Press report via Fox News says that the death doll in the skyway accident has increased to 21 and 20 others were seriously injured.
Details surrounding the skyway accident in Manila are scarce but police in the Philippines said the bus company Don Mariano, was traveling at an excessive speed before it skidded on a wet stretch of highway in the area of Bicutan Taguig and lost control seconds before its fatal fall.
Regarding the skyway accident in Manila, a witness told media sources that she was driving 50 mph when the bus overtook her car. The witness, Irene Sisperes, said:
"After a few meters, I saw the bus fell and I shouted, 'The bus fell, the bus fell'," she expressed.
She also stated that she believed the bus was traveling between 62 mph and 68 mph shortly before the skyway accident happened.
An updated report from Astro Awani revealed that the bus driver in the skway accident in Manila will undergo tests and questioning to see if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the incident.
The scene of the skyway accident in Manila was gruesome and TV footage showed several dead bodies laying around the bus wreckage with police officers standing nearby. The van that the bus fell onto from 20 feet above was an unrecognizable pile of twisted white metal.
The recent skyway accident in Manila comes after a similar accident in 2011 when three people were killed and four more were injured after a bus fell from the same elevated highway.
Manila is the capital and second largest city in the Philippines. It is one of the sixteen cities which, along with the municipality of Pateros, make up Metro Manila, the National Capital Region, whose overall population is around 12 million.
The City of Manila is located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay and is bordered by the cities of Navotas and Caloocan to the north, Wikipedia writes.
The skyway accident in Manila is currently under investigation and updates to the story will be posted here as they are made available.