No report yet from Edenorte on Nagua tragedy
The electricity power distributor EdeNorte has still not explained how a medium tension cable was dangling over a major highway when it came in contact with a bus on the Nagua road. Six persons riding in the bus died instantly and 22 others injured when sparks from the electric line ignited a fire in the bus.
It was originally stated that the vehicle, a bus from Ismael Transport in Higuey, had hit an electricity pole. However, Colonel Noble Luna, head of the Nagua Fire Department, denied that the bus struck the pole, with the evidence pointing to the likelihood that the cable was in the middle of the road when the bus passed. This cable became entangled in a side-view mirror of the bus and caused a fire to break out immediately with all the passengers still on board. Four died instantly due to burns and another two died in hospital. Other passengers broke windows to try and escape the burning bus.
Edenorte has only said that they regret the tragedy and sent condolences to the families of the victims. The company did not say if it would be covering the costs of the funerals or medical expenses of the 22 people who are still in hospital.
The government owned company has said it would be launching an investigation and technicians have been sent to the scene.
Source: DR1, Almomento
Aug 2, 2016
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