Seven people were killed while 42 others were injured when the passenger bus they were riding rammed a concrete fence and turned upside down in Toledo City, Cebu, on Saturday night.
The fatalities have been identified as Jose Agrix Baraquiel, 29; Thelma Sipalay, 24; Virgilio Cañabano, 52; Charry Nillama, 16; Melinda Limbang, 48; Ireneo Limba, 48; and a certain Delta Baratbati, said Samuel Diego Trocio, a non-uniformed personnel at the Toledo City Police.
Forty-two other bus passengers were brought to the Toledo City Hospital and Carmen Copper Hospital but some of them suffered severe injuries and had to be transferred to hospitals in Cebu City, Trocio said in a phone interview.
He said bus driver Allan Pastidio, 40, only suffered minor injuries and is presently detained at the Toledo City Police Station.
The incident occurred around 7:30 p.m., while Pastidio was driving the Jegans bus (GXD-545) along the National Highway in Sitio Das, Brgy. Don Andres Soriano, on the way to Pinamungajan town.
“The brakes suddenly malfunctioned… Nung mawalan siya ng preno, nag-turn upside down. Nag-ramp siya sa concrete perimeter fence ng isang bahay,” Trocio said, citing information from a report prepared by police investigators.
“May nangyari na noon diyan na ang involved ay isang bus ng Corominas company,” he added.
Trocio was referring to the incident in July 2010, when at least 15 passengers were killed and 48 others were wounded on the same spot. (John Roson)
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