Pinoy among injured in SF tour bus crash

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco authorities said mechanical failure may have been the likely cause of a tour bus crash in Union Square last Friday afternoon that left six people hospitalized.

Four of those injured remain in critical condition. All in all, twenty people were hurt.

Investigation into the crash is still ongoing but San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim blames the possible substandard maintenance on the part of the bus company for the horrific tragedy.

On Friday afternoon, authorities said the tour bus was traveling at a high speed before it rammed into a bicyclist, crashed into cars, and a hit the scaffolding of a construction site.

Based on media reports, there were three Filipino brothers named Virgil, Luther, and Manuel Canga who were in a BMW when the bus slammed into a car behind them, sending it crashing into their car.

Virgil and Manuel had to climb out of the wreckage, but Luther was flung around by the collision, injuring his chest and back. He is expected to recover.

The Canga brothers were reportedly headed to the nearby Philippine Consulate before the crash.

Filipinos who live close by said Friday’s crash was one of the worst they’ve seen in their neighborhood.

Joey Mamaril said, “You have to be careful every day. We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, or in the future.”

“This happened on a Friday the 13th, alongside the Paris bombings. We’re not used to this,” added Jesus Barazon.

Tita Yoshida expressed, “I feel bad this happened. The accident was so sudden.”

The California Highway Patrol is now reviewing the maintenance records of the tour bus. In the meantime, Supervisor Kim is pushing for amendments to a California law that would allow local governments to regulate tour bus maintenance.

You may contact Henni Espinosa at henni_espinosa@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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