A Skyway accident in Manila left a minimum of 21 people dead and just under a dozen others seriously injured this week. The frightening incident occurred while the highway was slick from rain when a crowded passenger bus suddenly teetered and fell from the road in a Manila suburb, crashing into a cruising van. Fox News reports this Sunday, Dec. 15, that as of Sunday night into Monday morning, police are continuing to investigate this tragic impact.
The Skyway accident in Manila stands as one of the bloodiest accidents in recent history, and the suburban community is devastated at the fatal aftermath of this ghastly crash. As seen in breaking TV footage on what is known in the accident so far, a number of bodies are being recovered and identified surrounding the wrecked remains of the bus. The van that was struck is all but impossible to see; it is now nothing more than a smoking pile of white paint and stripped metal being left behind after the crash.
“The bus veered off the Skyway, as the elevated road is called, and crashed onto the van in suburban Paranaque city at dawn," said police Superintendent Elizabeth Velasquez. "The van's driver was killed and the bus driver was in serious condition in a hospital."
According to the press release on the Skyway accident Manila story, witnesses of the event were simply “shocked” at the tremendous damage the crash left in its wake. As for the cause of the accident, there has been no confirmation at what may have led to the fatal fall. However, it is known that the highway was very slick with rain, which may have contributed to the passenger bus sliding off its track.
At this point in time, 21 passengers have been confirmed dead, while at least 20 other victims received injuries to various degrees. Many of those hurt in the Skyway accident have been transported to local hospitals for emergency medical treatment.
“Witness Irene Sisperes, a motorist who actually saw the Manila bus fall, said she was driving with her daughter at 80 kilometers per hour (50 mph) when the bus overtook her car. She estimated that the bus was traveling at between 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) and 110 kph (68 mph).”
She noticed that it was quite dark and still rainy outside, leaving her viewing of the crash incomplete, but notes that the bus just seemed to “fall.”
"After a few meters, I saw the bus fell and I shouted, 'The bus fell, the bus fell'," she said, adding there were no other cars nearby.
An investigation is being explored by Manila police and highway authorities.