Yesterday, August 18, 2010 at about 9:30 in the morning, An Eso-Nice bus feel in a very deep ravine about 100 meters from the highway. The bus was carrying 49 pasengers suppose to be going to San Fernando, La Union from the City of Baguio.
According to media interview with the conductor, he saw that the driver was struggling to control the bus. He then realized that the bus is having a mechanical problem. When he saw that the bus was already going to a different direction (towards the ravine), he decided to jump out.
From the reports, 38 passengers died on the spot while the others were dead on arrival at the Baguio General Hospital. Over all, the casualties were 42 and 8 survivors.
The casualties went up to 42 because one of the passengers who died was pregnant, so the hospital has to bring out the baby from her womb but the baby is already dead added as one casualty.
The accident is considered as one of the most tragic event in the Province of benguet for this year. The provincial government of Banguet is doing their best to aid all the family of the casualties and also the survivors.
The police is still investigating the real cause of the accident whether it was indeed a mechanical error or it was the driver's error. Fortunately, the driver survived the accident.
At present, the provincial government of Benguet is waiting for the owner of the bus to keep in touch with them.