LTFRB to suspend operation of bus in Nueva Ecija road mishap

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 18 2017 06:14 PM | Updated as of Apr 18 2017 06:30 PM

MANILA - The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will issue a 30-day preventive suspension order against the operator of Leomarick bus, which was involved in a deadly road mishap in Nueva Ecija Tuesday.

LTFRB spokesperson Atty. Aileen Lizada said Leomarick Bus will be suspended to prevent another bus unit from traveling.

"We will be issuing a preventive suspension order. Initially, it will last for 30 days po para hindi po makabiyahe 'yung isang bus nilang naiiwan," Lizada told DZMM.

According to Lizada, Leomarick Bus is operated by a certain Leonardo Patulot. It has trips from Bangued, Abra to Ilagan, Isabela and vice versa.

She said the bus involved in the accident was not out of line.

"Hindi siya out of line, he's within his route po, 'yung bus na 'yan. Hindi ho siya colorum," Lizada said.

LTFRB will also look into the background of Leomarick to see if any of its buses have previously been involved in an accident.

"We need to look into the background of Leomarick," Lizada said.

The agency will also look into the age of the bus, as well as other factors which led to the accident.

"Madali hong magblame lang ng human error, pero the other side of the coin is how old is the bus? Kasi wala hong say 'yung driver doon sa minamaneho niya. If there's faulty break, kahit gaano kagaling ang driver natin, kung faulty ang break, mahirap po talaga 'yun," Lizada said.

"Sa overloading, hindi naman ho call ng driver 'yun. Depende po 'yun sa operator, depende sa dispatcher, bakit po pinasakay. So marami hong anggulo na kailangang i-thresh out sa hearing," she added.

At least 26 people were killed after a Leomarick bus fell into a ravine in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija.

Twenty-one others were reported injured.