Several Ceres buses were involved in accidents in Western Visayas since the first day of the year.
As of April 8, 2019, four separate accidents involving five buses operated by Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI) occurred in the provinces of Antique and Negros Occidental.
These accidents, compiled by IMT NEWS’ Research Team, killed eight people.
Three passengers died while seven others were hurt after a Ceres bus fell off a cliff in Barangay Igbucagay, Hamtic, Antique.
The Ceres bus, based on the initial investigation conducted by the Hamtic Municipal Police Station, was running at a fast speed.
The driver, Ramon Abellar, claimed that the bus suffered mechanical trouble and lost its break.
A Ceres bus fell into a ravine in Barangay Igmayaan, Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental.
The accident killed four passengers and injured 8 others.
The Salvador Benedicto Police Station said the driver, Jasser Rasonable, lost control of the bus.
Three were injured in a bus mishap in Barangay Palaka, Valladolid, Negros Occidental.
The accident involved two units of VTI.
The Valladolid Police Station said a Ceres bus from La Carlota City hit another Ceres bus it was tailing from Canlaon City, Negros Oriental.
On the same day, a tricycle driver died while his passenger was injured after they were reportedly hit by a Ceres bus in Barangay Tabao, Valladolid, Negros Occidental.
In 2018, a number of Ceres buses were also involved in accidents.
In its statement issued after the fatal accident in Antique, VTI said it “took all possible efforts to prevent all forms untoward accidents.”
According to the bus company, it has fielded new buses, installed CCTV cameras, GPS devices, and speed alarms in its units, and implemented other innovations.
VTI also “continuously conducting seminars to the drivers on proper bus handling, traffic rules and regulations as well as passenger handling and satisfaction.”IMT