Rescuers carefully extract an injured victim out of the car.
A pregnant car passenger was rushed to the hospital while nine UV express van commuters were wounded when the vehicles they were in collided with a bus on Commonwealth Avenue Monday at dawn.
Rescuers promptly administered first aid to the victims before bringing them to the hospital.
UV express driver Rolando Seduro said he was driving at moderate speed when the car and the bus hit him.
“Sa harapan bandang kaliwa pagbangga niya umikot ang sasakyan ko umikot hanggang sa parating naman yung bus, tinamaan ng bus ang tagiliran ko kaya humampas kami dito (My vehicle was spinning from the car’s impact, just as the bus was approaching. It hit the side of my van and threw us off),” he said.
The intensity of the impact propelled the UV express onto the sidewalk where it hit the wall of a construction site.
On the hand, Chito Fortu, the car’s driver, claimed that the UV express and the bus were speeding moments before the accident.
“May humarurot po na isang UV; nag-overtake sa akin. Pinagbigyan ko, nagpreno ako ngayon nabangga po ako ng bus, tapos umikot po ako. Yung bus po nabangga niya ko sa likod, tapos yung UV na nabangga ko, nabangga din ng bus (The UV was speeding and was trying to overtake me. I stepped on the brakes to give way but the bus hit me from behind and spun the car around until I collided with the van which also got hit by the bus),” Fortu recounted.
Meanwhile, bus driver, Marjun Caubat, said it was the car that hit the UV express first which led him to hit the van as well.
“Pero yung kotse na sinasabi na binunggo ko siya malabo mangyari yun nasa kabilang side siya eh…dapat siya napuruhan ko kung siya nauna kong nabunggo (The car driver’s claim that I hit his car doesn’t make sense— he was on the other side. His car should’ve been totally wrecked if I indeed struck him first) ,” Caubat said.
Quezon City Traffic Sector 5 is conducting further investigation into the incident. — Reynante Ponte