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Skyway Manila accident: 10 meter fall off Skyway, revised death count revealed

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A deadly Skyway accident in Manila occurred recently when a passenger bus fell a full 10 meters from the Skyway and tragically smashed into a van being driven below, leading to a likely 17 people killed and 16 others critically injured. While it was initially reported that the victim count was in the 20s for both deaths and the wounded, a revised death toll has been made since it was believed double counting with the strewn bodies took place. ABC Local offers this updated report this Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.

The Skyway accident occurred in Manila when a bus carrying dozens of passengers suddenly careened off the elevated suburban highway, falling nearly 10 meters down to crash into van that was also on the road. The revised death toll may be lower than last time, but it is still a devastating accident that has led to many tragic deaths and wounded among the passengers.

Incoming news and photos reveal a high number of bodies laying around the site of the destroyed bus, most of which is starting to be bordered off as part of an official investigation into the Manila accident. All that remains of the van and its occupants is a wrecked pile of metal. Slick roads from the rain have been noted to possibly be a contributing factor in the incident.

Additional details on the deadly crash as provided by the press release:

“The bus veered off the Skyway, as the elevated road is called, and crashed onto the van 9.6 meters (32 feet) below in suburban Paranaque city at dawn, said police Superintendent Elizabeth Velasquez. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the accident but the highway was wet from rain, said Ivy Vidal, a spokeswoman from Skyway Operations and Maintenance Corp.”

One of the witnesses said it was still dark when she could see the shadow of the bus falling in the Skyway accident Manila horror.

“Irene Sisperes, a passerby, 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 said it was still dark and it was raining when the accident happened.”

"After a few meters, I saw the bus fall and I shouted, 'The bus fell, the bus fell'," she said, noting no other vehicles were close by.

Early reports noted that up to 21 people were killed and 20 others seriously hurt in the Skyway accident in Manila, double counting among the confusion has led to a revised (and now confirmed) number of victims of at least 17 dead and 16 wounded.



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