By Alexandria San Juan
Transportation authorities are now investigating the fatal road accident involving tourist bus and a 10-wheeler truck in Atimonan, Quezon on Monday that left three persons dead and 37 others injured.
According to Transportation Assistant Secretary for Communications Goddess Libiran, the concerned Land Transportation Office (LTO) Regional Office is currently investigating the cause of the mishap.
Meanwhile, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is also conducting a parallel investigation on the incident, Libiran said.
Based on the initial findings of the LTO Central Office, they tagged human error as the cause of the incident as reports showed that the driver of the tourist bus allegedly counter-flowed as he tried to overtake some vehicles, before crashing into the approaching truck.
In a report from the Atimonan Municipality Police Station obtained by the LTO, the AMV Travel and Tours bus bound to Bicol was traversing the diversion road in Barangay Sta. Catalina in the town of Atimonan past 6 p.m., Monday.
Upon reaching the descending portion of the road, the bus driver, Maximo Leoriego, overtook the vehicles in front of him and suddenly collided with the ten-wheeler truck traversing on the opposite side of the road.
Due to the impact, police said the driver of the truck and the truck helper were both pinned to death inside the vehicle.
Meanwhile, the passengers of the passenger bus, including the bus driver, sustained injuries and were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment, while another bus passenger died due to severe injuries, police said.
Follow-up investigation is still ongoing.