40 injured after passenger bus falls off Alabang flyover

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 2) — Forty people were injured after a bus allegedly lost its brakes and fell off Skyway's northbound ramp while approaching the Alabang Exit on Sunday night.

Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark de Leon said as of 4 a.m. on Monday, at least 17 of the injured passengers of Cher Transport bus have been discharged since they only sustained minor injuries.

De Leon said the most serious injury recorded is a cervical spine fracture.

Nine of the injured were brought to the Asian Hospital and Medical Center, while 31 were brought to the Ospital ng Muntinlupa.

Officials of Cher Transport have agreed to shoulder the medical expenses of all injured passengers, including the cost of their medicines and succeeding check-ups, de Leon said.

Some of the passengers interviewed yesterday said the bus was moving at a moderate speed along the Alabang viaduct when it allegedly lost its brakes.

The driver, whose identity has yet to be verified, reportedly drove the bus into a barrier, causing it to fall off a ramp.

He is now in the custody of the Highway Patrol Group in Calamba, Laguna.

The conductor, meanwhile, is still recovering from his injuries at the Ospital ng Muntinlupa.

De Leon said officials from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board are investigating the incident.

CNN Philippines' Xianne Arcangel contributed to this report.