Friday, February 7, 2014

Photos And Updates On The Bus Accident In Talubin, Bontoc

Around 7:30 in the morning of February 7 (Friday), a Florida passenger bus fell off the road within the vicinity of barangay Talubin in the town of Bontoc in Mt. Province. The bus which was on its way to Bontoc from Manila was carrying around 45 to 50 passengers. Fourteen were killed and 31 others were injured.

Contrary to previous reports saying the bus fell of a 500-meter ravine, an updated and more accurate estimate puts it at about 120 meters. Among the victims are two foreigners. One Canadian and one Dutch. Comedian Arvin Jimenez who is more well-known as Tado is also among the fatalities.

A partial list of the names of the injured passengers identified 29 people. However, the latest reports mentioned over 30 passengers who were wounded.

This is the first road accident to have happened in the area (the Baguio-Bontoc road) for this year that took so many lives. It can be recalled that in November of last year, a van accident along Halsema Highway also took two lives including that of Eufemia Lam-en who was president of the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College in Bontoc.

Every year, the roads and highways leading into Benguet and Mt. Province are the scenes of such tragedies. This has earned the Halsema Highway the distinction of being one of the most dangerous roads in the country. Needless to say, something has to be done about it. It's time to impose more stringent measures to help protect people and passengers plying this route.
Here are a few photos from the accident site. All photos are by Wonder Ful via facebook.













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20 comments:

  1. Banaue- bontoc road ang dinaanan.. hndi sa halsema (baguio- bontoc)

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    1. baka yong bryber di sanay sa kalsada natin dito sa kabundokan sanay sya sa kapatagan....

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    2. Because the route the bus is via banaue.. ALWAYS has been.. btw.. to you who commented na hindi sanay sa kalsada, hindi bobo ang administration to hire drivers na di sanay ang kalsada..heller?

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  2. It would be great if our government officials will give priority to the improvement of road also, ( Halse ma and bontoc - banaue road). Condolence to those whose love ones died.

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  3. Condolences to the families of those involved. Kudos to both non uniformed and uniformed men for their action, as shown by the pictures...

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  4. Condolence sa laht ng mga victims

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  5. kahit Saan tayo magpunta si lord Lang nakakaalam kung kailan nya tayo kunin. condolence po......

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  6. talagang kumakain yang bontoc talobin road na yan.

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  7. Mini buses/light vehicles lang muna ang i-allow ng gobyerno sa mga lugar na hindi safe ang kalsada at kailangang experyensado ang drivers sa high,rugged,winding terrains.Bus driver ako ng Manila-Bicol noon for 27 years at minsan nasubukan kong mag drive sa Banaue noong may Imbaya eh kakaiba.kalsada..masisikip at matitirik mga bangin at nakakalula.dagdag pa dito eh minsan maulap lalo na sa umaga at hapon.sana hindi na maulit ang ganitong trahedya.panawagan po sa gobyerno na gawin ang lahat para sa safety at enjoyment ng turismo sa kaigorotan.

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  8. next time you go to high land areas right after na makarating kayo baguio hire drivers na tiga baguio dn o kahit cno basta sanay magdrive sa mga ganyang uri ng kalsada, for safety purposes...

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    1. drivers are from mountain province as well, so they know how to drive such places. Bakit? ang taga baguio ba kabisado ang daan papunta samin? some yes, others don't. accidents happen...this one's the first in 10 years..

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  9. napaka lungkot nanaman na balita, condolence po sa hinde pinalad, sana naman d na po mauulit to, kung sa daan naman po maganda na ung daan ngaun malung may may part lang na d nila magalaw kasi ayaw cguro ipa galaw ng mga may ari sa lupa, sa interview naman sa chief of police ng bontoc eh rota nga bus eh manila bontoc daw kaya baka talgang nawalan ng preno, pero kung hired bus, sana nag hire din sila ng driver na sanay sa kalsada o kaya nag hire sila ng bus mismo na rota sa bontoc kasi kung first time ng driver talgang mahihirapn sya kahit anong galing ng driver pag first time sa daan mahihirapan sya kasi inde nya kabisado kung saan sya mag low gear.... etc

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  10. may nakasubok na bang mag drive ng buong gabi at abutan ka ng sikat ng araw sa daan?kung meron man eh makakarelate kayo sa opinion ko.para sa akin dala ng pagod at puyat yan at naapektuhan ang pagmamaneho ng driver gaya ng late reaction na isa lamang sa napakaraming pwedeng idulot ng pagod at puyat samahan mo pa ng mataas na sikat ng araw. di ko lang alam kung ilan ang driver ng bus ng florida na byaheng yan pero di po bang masmaganda kung dalawa at salitan sila lalo na kung ganun kalayo?pero kung mechanical issues naman e ibang usapan naman na yan.isa pa e kung paano magmaneho ang driver.

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    1. Tama kau sa haba ng byahe dapat dalawa ang driver. Malapit na sila eh malamang sa pagod at puyat nablurd paningin ng driver sa pagsikat ng araw.

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    2. Oo, dalawa ang driver niyan at isang konduktor, salitan sila. Dati akong bumibiahe sa mga lugar na iyan, Manila-Isabela-Aparri-Tabuk, ganun din sa Manila-Bontoc via Baguio. Maaring nandun sa dalawang sinabi mo ang problema... "pero kung mechanical issues naman e ibang usapan naman na yan.isa pa e kung paano magmaneho ang driver." Maaring experience din siguro and isang dahilan. Bago daw yung bus kaya maaaring may kinalaman din sa mechanical system. Totoo din yung post ng isang driver ng Manila-Bicol ng 27 years sa taas...

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  11. if the road is bad and there is always accident been going on every year then why they don"t do some thing about it fixed the problem fixed the road need to improvise if somebody care's thanks. peace!!

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    1. Well pag eliminated na ang curruption bka masmabilis pa ang pagaayos ng mga kalsada

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  12. Actually the roads there are all concrete some patches need repair here and there, but on the overall the roads are decent and safe. I have traveled many times through rain fog and at night on these roads and have had no close calls only because of patience and to never be complacent. With a vehicle that large and load i would think that the bus in the case at hand was going too fast. Clearly it is useless to put blame on the tragedy but please brothers and sisters, when driving on the mountain trail be careful and patient, take your time, enjoy the view and fresh air. To the victims of this tragedy, may your souls rest in peace.

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    1. I fully agree having traveled those roads many times and my driving experiences both in the lowlands and in those areas and being born and raised there...

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