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LTFRB suspends bus firm for 3-bus smashup

Reinir Padua - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has suspended the franchise of a bus company whose unit caused a three-vehicle collision in Quezon City over the weekend that injured close to 50 persons.

LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez said the preventive suspension on Nova Auto Transport Inc. will last for a month while the board investigates Saturday’s incident.

The board yesterday confiscated the yellow plates of the bus company’s 15 buses at its garage in Novaliches.

Forty-seven people were hurt when a Nova bus sideswiped a bus of Marikina Auto Line then unloading passengers at a loading bay at Philcoa on Commonwealth Avenue.

Because of the impact, the sideswiped bus rear-ended a Safeway bus.

Superintendent Ely Pintang of the Quezon City Police District said the driver of the speeding Nova bus was apparently in a hurry to pick up more passengers at the loading bay.

The Nova bus driver is facing a complaint for reckless imprudence resulting in multiple physical injuries.

BUS

CHAIRMAN WINSTON GINEZ

COMMONWEALTH AVENUE

LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD

MARIKINA AUTO LINE

NOVA

NOVA AUTO TRANSPORT INC

NOVALICHES

PHILCOA

QUEZON CITY

SUPERINTENDENT ELY PINTANG OF THE QUEZON CITY POLICE DISTRICT

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