MANILA – A child who hurled a rock at a bus at the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) Busway died after being hit by the same vehicle on Thursday.
The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) stated on a Facebook post that the incident occurred at the Edsa Carousel lane, between the Santolan and Ortigas stations of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3).
According to witnesses, the bus was going northbound at 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. when a child threw a rock at it, inflicting some damage to the left side of its windscreen.
“Akmang tatakbo palayo na ang nasabing bata nang siya ay tumalon palabas ng carousel. Hindi niya naiwasan ang noo’y papabagal na bus at siya’y tumama sa kaliwang bahagi nito. Tumigil naman ang nasabing bus at tumawag ng tulong (The child was about to run away and tried to jump out of the carousel. The child was unable to evade the decelerating bus and was struck by the left side of the vehicle. Then the bus stopped and called for help),” the I-ACT said.
It stated that marshals from I-ACT Dragon, headed by A/TL Nelson Ty, promptly responded to the scene, along with other emergency response units from Quezon City, the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
“Sa kasamaang palad, hindi na naabutan pang buhay ang nasabing bata (Sadly, the child was found dead when they arrived),” according to the I-ACT.
Reports said that the bus driver did not attempt to flee the scene and is now cooperating with authorities in their investigation.
“Lubos na nakikiramay ang hanay ng I-ACT sa mga naiwan ng pumanaw (The entire I-ACT service is mourning with those left behind by the deceased),” the I-ACT said.