Two people were killed while four others were injured when a passenger bus and a cargo truck collided head-on in Talisay, Camarines Norte, police confirmed Thursday.

Superintendent Renato Bataller, Bicol regional police spokesman, identified the fatalities as DLTB bus driver Edgardo Roll, 42, and a certain Eman, a truck helper.

Bus passengers Fernando Ramores, 31; Mark James Fulgencia, 8; Jesse Emmanuel Salazar, 20; and Edison Sevilla, 17, another truck helper, were brought to the Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital due to injuries on the different parts of the body, Bataller said in a phone interview.

The incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, while Marjon de Jesus was driving the Fuso Canter truck (CSV-811), which was loaded with steel bars, along the Maharlika Highway in Brgy. Itomang.

“Medyo mabilis ang takbo niya (De Jesus) at pagdating doon sa lugar na pinangyarihan, sumampa po itong trak dun sa mga nakatambak na mga sako ng graba at buhangin dun sa ginagawang kalsada,” Bataller said.

Due to the impact, De Jesus lost control of the truck which then swerved to the opposite lane, where it smashed into the incoming bus.

De Jesus is presently detained at the Talisay Police Station while charges are being prepared against him, Bataller said. (John Roson)

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