Ten people were injured when the bus they were riding fell and landed upside down into a ravine in Tagkawayan, Quezon, early Saturday, police said.
Driver Gonzalo Joble, 65, was injured along with passengers Jinky Agra, 43, Josephine Bailey, 45, Manuel Lagramada, 56, Maria Reina Lagramada, 54, Ma. Cecilia Orain, 27, Emmlon Orain, 20, Monica Siaton, 25, all of Naga City; Arnel Doroteo, 31, of Antipolo City; and Roland Sibajon, 31, of Damulog, Bukidnon, Chief Insp. Edcille Canals, Quezon provincial police spokesman, said.The 10 were brought to the Maria Eleazar Memorial District Hospital, with Joble placed under the Tagkawan Police’s custody, Canals said.
The incident occurred around 12 a.m. while the Peñafrancia Tours bus (TYV-282) was travelling along the Quirino Highway in Brgy. San Vicente.
Joble was reportedly driving the bus from the Bicol region to Manila.
Investigation indicated that while maneuvering a descending section, Joble swerved to the right to avoid a newly-constructed portion of the road but lost control of the steering wheel, Canals said.
The bus fell and landed upside down into a ravine about 12 feet deep, he said.
A concerned citizen reported the incident around 12:10 a.m. so members of the Tagkawayan Police, Municipal Health Unit, and civilian volunteers conducted a rescue operation and pulled out the bus occupants, Canals said. (John Roson)
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