MANILA (5th UPDATE)—At least 8 people died while more than a dozen were injured when a passenger bus overturned in a busy expressway in Valenzuela City on Friday night.
The Bulacan-bound Buena Sher Transport bus was traversing the northbound lane of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) when it rear-ended an AUV past 7 p.m., Valenzuela City police chief Carlito Garces said.
The driver lost control of the bus on the slippery road and crashed into a concrete barrier before it fell onto its side.
Jefferson Roman, team leader of Valenzuela City's disaster risk reduction and management office, said 6 passengers were found stuck under the bus.
"Parang ano sila eh, lumabas po sa bintana 'yung mga tao. Tumumba po 'yung bus, naipit po sila sa bandang dibdib, siguro 'yun po 'yung sanhi ng pagkamatay nila," he told "Bandila."
Roman said the bus, with some 20 passengers, hit an AUV carrying a family.
"Nagulat po sila may bumangga sa kanila tapos 'yun nga po lumipat na ng lane 'yung bus, umakyat siya sa parang barrier t'saka tumumba," he said.
Roman said the victims were rushed to the nearest hospitals.
The incident, which occupied 2 lanes, caused heavy traffic from Balintawak to Meycauayan exit.
As of early Saturday, passengers of the AUV were discharged from the Manila Central University Hospital while a bus passenger and bus conductor remained confined.
Two bus passengers were brought to Quezon City General Hospital while another one was at St. Luke's Medical Center.
The bus driver identified as Victorio delos Reyes and 4 other bus passengers were rushed to Valenzuela Medical Center.
Authorities have removed the wreckage of the bus using a boom crane.
A few hours later, 7 vehicles figured in an accident at the Paso de Blas exit in Valenzuela early Saturday, resulting in another traffic jam in NLEX's northbound lane.
No serious injuries were recorded in the mash-up, but the tail-end of the gridlock reached EDSA Balintawak.—With a report from Fred Cipres, ABS-CBN News