Florida Bus blames fog, narrow road for accident


Posted at Feb 09 2014 06:13 PM | Updated as of Feb 10 2014 05:18 PM

MANILA -- The management of Florida Transport blamed the thick fog and narrow road for accident that killed 14 passengers, including comedian Tado Jimenez last Friday.

According to Atty. Alexander Versoza, legal counsel for Florida Transport, the accident was caused by miscalculation due to narrow roads and poor visibility caused by fog.

Based on initial investigation, authorities said the bus' brakes may have malfunctioned during the trip.

But the bus company denied this claim, saying that it is impossible for the bus to have loose brakes, since all their buses have a maxi-brake system which functions as a back-up in case of engine failure or malfunction.

Edgar Renon, the bus driver involved in the accident, also stressed that the accident was not caused by his personal shortcomings.

The police are still investigating the accident.

Meanwhile, the management of Florida Transit expressed their sympathy and asked for understanding from the families and the victims of the accident.

They also asked the families to be reasonable in asking for financial assistance, and to avoid asking for "super bongga" and extravagant amounts for the wake and burial of the victims.

Nonetheless, they assured that they will continue providing financial assistance for all passengers.

"Du'n sa mga biktima lalo na sa pamilya nung mga nasawi, humihingi ng pang-uunawa ang kompanya, nagkataong aksidente ito. On the other hand nakikipagtulungan 'yung kumpanya para sa mga pangangailangan nila," Versioza said.

Florida Transit has also formed a committee to handle all concerns related to the accident.

The company has paid for the hospitalization of all passengers, as well as the fees needed to transport the bodies of those who died back to Manila and to their provinces.

More than 600 drivers and will temporarily lose their jobs due to the 30-day preventive suspension implemented by the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board against Florida Transit. -- report from Dennis Datu, dzMM