Good news for bus drivers: No speed limit along EDSA

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 22 2008 08:05 AM | Updated as of Oct 22 2008 04:48 PM

The sky is the limit in EDSA!

Chairman Bayani Fernando of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said Wednesday that the agency has not imposed a speed limit along EDSA, the main highway across Metro Manila.

"There's no specific speed limit," Fernando told ABS-CBN's morning show, "Umagang Kay Ganda," adding that the MMDA is still in studying traffic along the longest highway in the capital region.

He said in a highway like EDSA the speed limit is usually 100 kilometers per hour. "That's really fast, but that is the usual speed limit on highways."

Before dawn Tuesday, Dr. Francisco "Toto" Sarabia burned to death after a racing bus crashed into his car, which instantly exploded during the impact.

Footage taken by ABS-CBN News on Wednesday dawn showed speeding buses and private cars along EDSA. It was as if the tragic road accident that killed the doctor did not happen.

Sarabia's Mercedes Benz was following a bus, which was parked outside the loading and unloading bay of EDSA in front of Camp Aguinaldo, when a speeding Joana Jesh bus crashed into it.

The Mercedes Benz's gas tank exploded and created a blaze that totally gutted the vehicle and killed the doctor. The doctor's legs were reportedly cut off at the impact and he was already unconscious when the fire consumed his body.

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN News also caught on video a Joana Jesh bus plying the northbound lane of Cubao, Quezon City.

This, despite the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) issued a 30-day suspension on the Joana Jesh Transport.

LTFRB Chairman Thompson Lantion said the agency issued the suspension pending the investigation on the possible neglect of the bus company, which could have led to the freak road accident.