Remember the Toyota Vios pinned and crushed by two buses on EDSA in February? A somewhat similar incident took place yesterday noon on the same congested highway. This time, however, the sedan involved was a little sturdier (if a little older, too).
We received these photos and narration from the owner and driver of a 1997 BMW 316i that was sandwiched by a couple of public-transport buses at around lunchtime yesterday, May 28, near the corner of northbound EDSA and Shaw Boulevard.
"At 12:05pm yesterday, I was driving from Makati going to EDSA Shangri-La hotel for a meeting," recalls John Victoria dela Torre. "When I reached EDSA Crossing corner Shaw Boulevard, the traffic light was green but then this Mandaluyong traffic officer stopped the bus (Valisno) in front of me for some unclear reason. As a result, the Valisno bus had to screech to a stop. Of course, as I was behind this bus, I also needed to hit my brakes quickly so as not to hit the bus on its rear end."
As you can now imagine, all this sudden braking triggered another violent smash-up.
"When I came to a halt, this bus behind me (Buslink) was speeding, and its driver also had to do panic-braking," dela Torre continues. "But it was too late. The bus rammed my car's rear end, which caused me to hit the bus in front. My hood slid underneath the rear bumper, shattering my windshield. The Valisno bus's rear bumper was already in my face close to my steering wheel. Thank God I wasn't hurt."
Thankfully, too, the BMW driver was alone.
"Good thing I decided not to bring my kids with me," shares dela Torre. "I was supposed to drop them off in a mall."
Dela Torre commends Buslink for its positive action after the incident.
"The conductor immediately went down to check on me and see if I was hurt," he says. "The operator is also willing to take responsibility."
The lesson in all of this?
"I just want to share this so that all drivers would be alert to traffic officers overriding traffic lights just to accommodate some VIPs."
Photos from John Victoria dela Torre