MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Victory Liner Inc., the owner of the bus that figured in a freak accident in Nueva Ecija that left 9 people dead on Wednesday, said it will abide by the suspension meted to its fleet of buses.
In its official Twitter account, Victory Liner said the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has suspended for 30 days six of its buses plying the same route of the ill-fated bus.
"LTFRB has suspended the franchise of the bus involved in the accident. That's 6 bus units to Cauayan (in Isabela). We will comply with it," Victory Liner said.
The ill-fated bus is included in the six suspended buses. Victory Liner was also directed to surrender the yellow plates of the suspended buses within 5 days. A hearing on the incident has been set on October 2.
Aside from the suspension, the LTFRB also ordered Victory Liner to have all of its drivers undergo safety seminar and drug testing. Likewise, the bus company's 800 bus units will be subject to inspection.
Nine people died in the accident which occurred along Maharlika Road in Muñoz town before dawn yesterday.
Police said the bus avoided the motorcycle in front of it and then hit an approaching Isabela-bound oil truck on the opposite lane.
Both drivers, the two motorcycle passengers and five bus passengers died in the crash.
The bus company also assured the family of the victims of financial assistance. – with a report from Niña Corpuz, ABS-CBN News