Last Wednesday, me and my younger sister were walking to my workplace when we happen to see this:
A bus hit a jeepney near Lawton Park in Manila. The accident is the reason why there is heavy traffic from Quiapo Church area to Lawton. Because I am an “usisero,” I went near the accident to ask the other bystanders about what happened. One of the bystanders told me that the bus’ break malfunctioned and hit the jeepney. He also told me that at least one person, a pedestrian, died in the incident. I counted that two buses, two jeepneys and one van was involved in the accident.
I was about to leave the place when my sister told me that she saw something under the jeepney. I peeked under the vehicle and saw one of the victims, who I think is already dead. Policemen weren’t able to pull the person out and they are just waiting for rescue personnel or the SOCO.
While we continue our walk, my sister told me that she felt bad because of what she saw. It is the first time that she saw a person who died due to a vehicular accident.
As for me, it is not the first time that I saw something as terrible as the accident last Wednesday. I saw one motorcycle rider who died along Quezon Avenue months ago. I also saw injured motorists, mostly motorcycle riders, a lot of times. Vehicular accidents are very common in Metro Manila and early morning news programs have scores of such news items every single day.
When I am still a college student, I have no fear in jaywalking across Commonwealth Avenue. I don’t care if that avenue is considered as the deadliest road in Asia. All I want is not to be inconvenienced in climbing up the high pedestrian overpass.
I now use the overpass because I don’t want to die just because I was hit by a bus while I jaywalk across Commonwealth Avenue. I wish that I will never see incidents like the one I saw last Wednesday. I hope that motorists and pedestrians will be careful to avoid unpleasant accidents from happening.