Bus driver airs side on Commonwealth crash

By Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 18 2014 12:52 PM | Updated as of Mar 18 2014 08:52 PM

MANILA – Rolando Laurio, the driver of Mayamy bus that plowed through seven vehicles along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City last March 1, has submitted his sworn affidavit to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

In his affidavit, Laurio said he crashed into at least seven vehicles and the highway's center island after avoiding a pregnant woman on board a motorcycle.

At least 11 were injured in the multiple collision.

A dark-colored Tamaraw FX, a Toyota Vios, an Urvan, an L-300, a Mazda 3, a UV Express van and a Ford Lynx were damaged in the collision.

Due to the accident, Laurio was slapped with a charge of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple physical injuries.

The LTFRB subsequently imposed on March 5 a 30-day preventive suspension against Mayamy's franchise covering five units plying the route of Norzagaray, Bulacan to Baclaran via Commonwealth Avenue.

Mayamy Trans told the LTFRB that it has shouldered the cost of repairing the damaged road center island. It said it has also settled the hospital bills of the injured victims.

The bus firm is asking for more time to complete the submission of results of motor vehicle inspections of the units in question, and documents proving that the bus company's drivers and conductors have already undergone re-training and drug testing.

A decision on whether to revoke the franchise will be made by the LTFRB on or before the end of the 30-day preventive suspension order.

Meanwhile, the LTFRB has started giving special permits for additional trips for buses in preparation for the Holy Week exodus.

The LTFRB said those who will apply should secure valid franchise documents, mandatory passenger accident insurance.

LTFRB also said it will soon open special permit applications for buses to ply routes of the suspended buses of GV Florida Transport. It was found out that GV Florida is the only bus company that offers trips to Cagayan.

GV Florida's 188 units were given 6-month "conditional suspension" last March 14 after one of its buses plunged into a ravine in Mt. Province, leaving 20 people dead.