LTFRB suspends 10 Dimple Star buses after Mindoro mishap kills 19

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 21 2018 04:20 PM | Updated as of Mar 21 2018 04:36 PM

Rescue workers respond to a site after a passenger bus plunged into a ravine in Sitio Yapang, Barangay San Agustin, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro on Tuesday evening. Lennon Maraca, BMPM

MANILA- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) suspended on Wednesday the operations of 10 Dimple Star buses following the fatal road accident in Occidental Mindoro.

Operations of buses plying the San Jose, Occidental Mindoro to Manila route and vice versa, are suspended starting Wednesday, the LTFRB said.

The management of Dimple Star said it also canceled all trips to Occidental Mindoro and vice versa.

Nineteen people were killed while 21 others were injured after a Dimple Star bus with plate number TYU 708 fell into a ravine in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro on Tuesday night.

An intial police investigation showed that the driver lost control of the brakes while traveling along the national highway.

In a statement, the bus firm promised to provide assistance to families of the victims.

This is not the first time that a Dimple Star bus was involved in a road accident.

From 2011 to 2014, a total of 7 people were killed while 57 others were injured in different accidents involving buses of the firm.

-report from Angel Movido, ABS-CBN News