3 killed in Zamboanga Sibugay bus accident

Leizel Lacastesantos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 07 2019 07:07 PM

A bus encountered a mechanical problem when it plunged down the slope killing 3 passengers, police said. Courtesy of Harry Rafols Remolano

ZAMBOANGA CITY—Three people were killed and 4 others were injured when a bus they were on encountered mechanical failure and veered off the road at Barangay Lutiman in Alicia town, Zamboanga Sibugay on Saturday.

Among the dead were Gertrudes Buhat Baya, 73; Rina Ahay Mualam, 14; and Salma Mualam, 35.

The three were among the estimated 45 passengers on board the Lizamay Express bus. 

“Paakyat kasi 'yung bus tapos nawalan ng brake tapos umatras at nawalan ng control," resident Harry Rafols Remolano said.

The bus was heading to Zamboanga City from Olutanga town when it lost its brakes.

Four other passengers were reportedly injured and immediately brought to Lanchita hospital.

The driver is now under police custody.