NOT LESS THAN FIFTY INDIVIDUALS were injured in a vehicular accident involving Batman Express Bus with plate number KVU816 in Jampason, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental, November 4, 2012. The front tire exploded and causing the bus driver Roger Macabinlar to lost control of the vehicle and slam it against a Gemilina Tree. The driver suffered multiple injuries, head trauma and broken left leg. Other injured passengers were rushed to Jasaan Hospital were they were given first aid before sending them to various hospitals in Cagayan de Oro City for further medical assistance. Most of the passengers, most of them are kids, suffered broken bones and severe trauma in many parts of their body.
One of the passengers pointed into the overloading of passengers and the alleged over-speeding of the bus as primary reasons for the accident. Safety belts are also unavailable in the seats of the bus. Families are now waiting for the assistance to be extended by the management of Batman Express for their hospital bills and other medical expenses.
A story of miracle. The baby in the photo above is Leah Jane Santa, 3 months old. She is one of the passengers of the bus when the accident happened. According to her grandmother, Leah Jane was held by her mother, seated in the front part of the bus. When the accident happened, her mother “accidentally dropped” Leah because of the impact. In the fear of the bus exploding, many passengers rushed outside of the bus, pressing Leah in to the ground. Her father, Leo Santa who had trauma in his head reached for his wife with a broken arm, and to his child Leah who at that time had bloodstains in her dress. Miraculously, baby Leah suffered no injury, and the bloodstains in her dress were from other injured passengers.
While covering the story, I cannot help but be irritated by “onlookers” swarming around the ambulance, much more the patients who are supposedly to be rushed inside the Emergency Room. They block not only the way but they limit the medical personnel’s space to maneuver and delaying the patients time for medication, therefor prolonging the agony they are feeling. Maybe we ourselves should have that discipline in us, and tone down our “curiosity” a bit for the better.