On December 24th, a fatal accident blood stained the Christmas season of many Manabi families. A bus from Reina del Camino cooperative fell into a ravine, about 200 feet deep on the Flavio Alfaro-San Isidro road. The bus, carrying 70 passengers, crashed because it was over capacity (too much weight) and over speed.
The tragedy took the lives of 39 people and left dozens injured, that is why the National Commission on Surface Transportation, Traffic and Road Safety (Cntttsv), reported yesterday its decision to revoke the registration certificate of the 132 buses belonging to the cooperative.
Rafael Cedeño, manager of the cooperative, announced that members would meet tomorrow, at noon in Chone, in order to discuss what steps may be follow towards the severe punishment that does not allow the units to operate in the country any more. The director of the National Surface Transportation, Traffic and Road Safety, Ricardo Antón, closed the offices of the cooperative in the bus terminal.
Between unit owners, drivers, and clerks, 250 families are being affected. Cedeño reported that he and his business partners will try to appeal the decision.