Heads will roll over the bus crash that resulted in at least 26 fatalities Tuesday morning, Malacanang said in a statement
“We guarantee that the culprits behind the fatal bus mishap will be held accountable,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
Local reports said the Leomaric Trans bus carrying 60 people fell off a a 100- to 150-foot cliff in Sitio Nursery, Barangay Capintalan, Nueva Ecija.
Mayor Mary Abad told the media that the vehicle was overloaded. Abad also explained that the area was accident-prone.
“Maraming bangin na dinadaanan, almost zigzag din ‘yan, dinadaanan papuntang Isabela, Abra,” she said.
According to a Rappler report, initial investigation found out that the bus was speeding and even overtaking other vehicles prior to the fall.
The bus fell while on a curved part of the road, Rappler also reported.
Senior Inspector Robert de Guzman told Rappler that dead bodies were found lying by first responders after the crash. Their identities have yet to be determined.
ABS CBN pegged the number of wounded currently being treated in nearby hospitals at 44. Rappler said in its report that children were among those being treated.
De Guzman also told GMA News that the crash happened past 11 am, leaving the bus in total wreck.
President Rodrigo Duterte through Abella extended his condolences to the victims’ kin.
“We express our deep condolences to the families of the victims who died in the tragic bus accident in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija,” said Abella.
“Rescue operations and investigation are currently underway,” he added.