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Two more other accident bus passengers’ bodies uncovered

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:51 am

35 dead in Philippine bus accident

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 7:25 am

BAGUIO, Philippines, Aug 18, 2010 (AFP) – Thirty-five people were killed when a packed passenger bus plunged into a deep ravine in the northern Philippines on Wednesday, rescuers said.


The bus, carrying 47 people, had just left the mountain resort city of Baguio, about 200 kilometres (120 miles) north of Manila, when its brakes failed, local fire chief Senior Superintendent Richard Villanueva told AFP.


National police spokesman Senior Superintendent Agrimero Cruz told reporters the 35 people were confirmed dead.


“Six other passengers were rescued seriously injured and unconscious, while the rest (were) rescued with injuries,” he said.


Road accidents, often involving old buses and careless drivers, are common in the Philippines.


Fifteen people were killed last month when a bus slammed into a concrete wall in Cebu, the Philippines’ second biggest city.

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Source: SGGP

12 dead as bus plunges off elevated road in SKorea

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2010 at 4:07 pm

 A bus plunged off an elevated road as it headed to South Korea’s main airport, killing 12 passengers and injuring another dozen people.


The bus struck a guardrail as it tried to avoid a broken-down car and plummeted about 30 feet (10 meters) down from the road Saturday in Incheon, west of Seoul, police official Kang Bong-soo said.

Rescuers look at a crashed bus in Incheon, South Korea, Saturday, July 3, 2010. Police say a bus has fallen off a bridge as it was heading to an airport, killing 11 passengers and injuring another 13

A Korean-American man was among the dead. An official at Inha University Hospital in Incheon identified him as Kyu Bum Ye, citing his U.S. credit card. No further details were given. The official asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to media.


The injured were being treated in nearby hospitals, and some were in serious condition.


The bus was carrying 23 passengers and the driver, Kang said. The injured included a 52-year-old American man, a 23-year-old Mongolian woman and two children aged 5 and 7.


The bridge, which opened last year, links Incheon and nearby Yeongjong Island – home to Incheon International Airport.

Source: SGGP

12 dead as bus plunges off bridge in S.Korea

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2010 at 8:05 am

SEOUL, July 3, 2010 (AFP) – Twelve passengers were killed and eight others were seriously injured when their bus fell from a bridge near Seoul’s international airport on Saturday, police said.

South Korean police and firefighters recover the wreckage of the bus on July 3 2010. AFP

The death toll rose to 12 from five within a few hours after the accident, with some passengers succumbing to injuries after being taken to nearby hospitals.


TV footage of the wreckage showed the bus fell about eight metres (about 27 feet) off Incheon Bridge on to a construction site for an underpass.


A witness said the bus veered off its course as it tried to avoid colliding with a parked car.


The accident happened as the bus, which was carrying about 40 passengers, left Songdo district in Incheon City for Incheon international airport, about 20 kilometres (13 miles) away, police said.

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Source: SGGP

Nearly 1,000 bus trips to be added during university entrance test

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 4:25 pm




Nearly 1,000 bus trips to be added during university entrance test


QĐND – Saturday, June 19, 2010, 20:51 (GMT+7)

Several bus stations in Hanoi have planned to add approximately another 1,000 bus services to meet the growing demands of transportation of examinees and their families during the peak time of this year’s university entrance tests.


Specifically, on the days university and college entrance tests, the Southern Bus Station will receive an additional over 500 bus services, while the Gia Lam Bus Station will welcome an additional 230 bus services and the My Dinh Bus Station, 226 bus services.


The bus stations in Hanoi are expected to attract nearly 300,000 students and their relatives, mainly from provinces of Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, Thanh Hoa, Thai Nguyen, Quang Ninh and Hai Phong city during this year’s university entrance test in Hanoi.


Source: Vnexpress


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

30 burnt alive in India bus accident

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2010 at 5:15 pm

BANGALORE, India, May 30, 2010 (AFP) – At least 30 people, including 10 children, were burnt alive on Sunday when a bus bound for the southern Indian city of Bangalore ploughed into a roadblock and caught fire, police said.


The state-owned vehicle veered off a small bridge after colliding with the roadblock in the dark and fell into a ditch, local superintendent of police Labhu Ram told AFP from the accident site by phone.


“The bus caught fire when the diesel tank exploded on impact,” he said.


The bus had 64 passengers on board and was on its way from Surpur in southern Karnataka state to the IT hub of Bangalore, 600 kilometres (400 miles) away.


At least three surviving passengers were in a serious condition.


State transport minister R. Ashok, who visited the accident site, told reporters that preliminary reports suggested the driver was at fault.


“Negligent driving is suspected to have caused the accident as the bus was speeding and hit a road barrier on the bridge and skidded into the ditch,” Ashok said.


Police had registered a case against the driver, who survived the accident, Ram added.


India has the highest annual road death toll in the world, bigger than the more populous China, according to the World Health Organization, with accidents caused by speeding, bad roads, overcrowding and poor vehicle maintenance.


Police figures show that nationwide more than 110,000 people die annually on the roads.

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Source: SGGP

Hanoi plans to increase flexible bus routes

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 5:15 am




Hanoi plans to increase flexible bus routes


QĐND – Friday, May 28, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

Hanoi’s Department of Transport is planning to increase the number of flexible bus routes, which skip bus stops and bypass traffic jams by taking alternative routes, according to deputy director of the department Nguyen Hoang Linh.


He said, the model was put into operation earlier this year on six routes, including Long Bien-Bac Ninh, Giap Bat-My Dinh, Long Bien-Dong My, Giap Bat-Dong Ngac, Giap Bat-Nhon and Bac Co-Yen Nghia, to deal with overcrowed bus stops and to shorten journey times.


These routes were serviced from Monday to Friday during peak hours and drives were give permission to skip bus stops and actively search for alternative ways to avoid traffic congestion. After a four-month trial, it was found to be both effective and economical, in spite of a number of problems caused by poor infrastructure, Linh said.


The department recently surveyed 1,537 passengers and more than 94 percent of them agreed to use this form of public transport rather than their own vehicles, an increase of nearly 4 percent compared to a survey conducted in March. On top of this, more than 93 percent of passengers thought the model was convenient, an increase of nearly 7 percent.


Nguyen Hoang Hai, director of the Urban Traffic Management Centre, said the department planned to open seven more routes in suburban areas, including Giap Bat-Thuong Tin, Cau Giay-Phung Bus Station, Nam Thang Long-Nui Doi, Giap Bat-Yen Nghia, Van Dien-Nghia Do, My Dinh-Co Loa and Yen Phu-Highway No2-Thanh Tuoc.


Those routes would go into operation in July and could reduce journey times by up to 45 minutes on each route, he said.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

After 35-hour bus trip, German tourists back from Spain

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 9:46 am

FRANKFURT, April 20, 2010 (AFP) – “We were supposed to fly back on Sunday,” says exhausted German housewife Adelheid Jung, one of about 700 stranded tourists brought back from Spain in special buses to Frankfurt overnight.


Like millions of travellers around the world, Jung’s holiday dream in the southern city of Malaga ended with a nightmare, stuck by the volcanic ash cloud spewing from Iceland that grounded all flights back to Germany.


In the end, her only choice was a gruelling 35-hour bus trip of around 2,300 kilometres (1,400 miles), organised and paid for by tour operator TUI.


And despite being ambushed by reporters at the end of the punishing journey, Jung managed to put on a brave face on the situation.

Passengers wait to complete check-in formalities at Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam on April 20, 2010. AFP photo

“We were lucky to get this bus, and then our son-in-law has come to pick us up in his car to take us home to Cologne,” she said, steeling herself for the 200-kilometre final stretch.


With 100,000 of its customers stranded, the ash cloud is a financial and logistical catastrophe for TUI, which estimates it is losing almost seven million euros (nine million dollars) every day without flights.


“We’ve never seen anything like this,” said Adi Juen, a TUI staff member in Frankfurt as he handed out bottles of mineral water for the parched passengers trooping off the coaches.


Rather than wait for airspace restrictions to be lifted, TUI decided to begin hauling some of its stranded holidaymakers — including 20,000 Germans — back home overland.


German airspace was expected to be closed until at least 1200 GMT Tuesday, although some airlines, notably Lufthansa and Air Berlin have been given special permission to operate flights at low altitudes.


Lufthansa, Europe’s biggest airline by passenger numbers, said it would run around 200 flights on Tuesday, with most of its long-haul operations in service.


Air Berlin, Germany’s number two, said it was almost back to normal on Tuesday and was able to fly between Germany and the Spanish island of Majorca, a favourite tourist destination for Germans.


Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel, named the world’s most powerful woman by Forbes magazine, was powerless in the face of the travel chaos caused by the ash cloud.


Returning from a summit in the United States, Merkel was forced to stop over in Lisbon, where she took a flight to Rome, eventually getting back to Berlin via a mixture of coach and armour-plated limousine.


But for ordinary people at Frankfurt station, the nightmare was not yet over.


“We’ve just missed our train for Hamburg, where we left our car,” Bernd Vollertsen, a retired soldier who had spent a week on the Costa del Sol with his wife and some friends, told AFP after his 35-hour journey.


His group were preparing for their third consecutive night in a hotel — with TUI picking up the tab.


“We’ve been well treated. Everything has been well organised to welcome us back,” he said.


“But now I just want to get home.”

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Source: SGGP

HCMC bus operator to trial ‘smart cards’

In Vietnam Travel on January 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm

The Ho Chi Minh City Public Transport Operation and Management Center will initiate a program allowing passengers to use “smart cards” on the Saigon-Binh Tay and Ben Thanh-Au Co-An Suong bus routes on a trial basis, the center’s manager said January 12.








A bus station in Ho Chi Minh City. (Filed photo)

The center will apply smart card technology from February 1 on the Saigon-Binh Tay route and from March 1 on the Ben Thanh-Au Co-An Suong route.


Both monthly and yearly cards will be available.


Buses will be equipped with a card reader that subtracts funds from cardholders’ accounts. Passengers can charge more money to their accounts as necessary.


For yearly cards, passengers must add at least VND69,000 (US$3.60) to their accounts each time, tantamount to 30 trips or VND2,300 per trip.


The card will be valid for one year and there is no limit to how many times passengers can add money to their accounts.


A monthly student card can be purchased for a minimum of VND63,000 (US$3.30), equivalent to 60 trips or VND1,050 per trip.


Monthly cards for all other passengers, meanwhile, cost a minimum of VND90,000 (US$4.70), equivalent to 60 trips or VND1,500 per trip.


There is no limit to how many times passengers can add money during the month, and cards can be pre-paid for up to two months.


Passengers can add money to their cards at the Saigon Bus Station, Le Lai Street, District 1 and Cho Lon Bus Station.


A one-time fee of VND30,000 (US$1.6) is applied for new and replacement cards.


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Free bus service for disabled in Da Nang

In Vietnam Society on December 11, 2009 at 10:16 am








Disabled individuals in central Da Nang city can now ride the bus for free (Photo: SGGP)

The central city of Da Nang has launched a free bus service for disabled people.


The Department of Transport and Da Nang Commercial Company December 10 launched the Da  Nang-Hoi An route  for individuals in wheelchairs.


Daily buses will travel a route from: Da Nang Bus station, 29 March Park, Le Duan, Tran Phu, Nguyen Van Troi bridge, Non Nuoc, Crossroad Thuong Tin, Hoi An and back.


Four vehicles have been adapted for wheelchair users.


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