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Bus driver charged for death of 2, injury to 19 passengers

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By Zaldy Comanda

Tuba, Benguet – The municipal police officer here filed on Tuesday a case for reckless imprudence resulting in double homicide and multiple injuries and damage to property against the driver of the Victory Liner bus that figured in an accident Monday, killing two persons and causing injury to 19 others.

Photo taken by a student of Taloy Sur National High School and provided to the Manila Bulletin by teacher Lorna Santiago shows the wrecked Victory Liner bus with Body No. 7099 which came from Caloocan City and was traveling to Baguio City when it crashed into an electrical post in Tuba, Benguet on Monday.

Photo taken by a student of Taloy Sur National High School and provided to the Manila Bulletin by teacher Lorna Santiago shows the wrecked Victory Liner bus with Body No. 7099 which came from Caloocan City and was traveling to Baguio City when it crashed into an electrical post in Tuba, Benguet. (MANILA BULLETIN/File Photo)

Chief Inspector James Acod, Tuba chief of police, said the case was filed on Tuesday morning at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Benguet against Maximo Alday, Jr., driver of the Victory Liner bus with body number 7099, that figured in an accident past 1 p.m. on Monday at Sitio Bayacsan, Barangay Taloy Sur, this town .

Information provided by Acod said that the bus originated from Caloocan City and was on its way to Baguio city when the accident happened.

He said that based on investigation, while the bus was travelling along Marcos highway, on a sharp curve portion of the road, it hit two electric posts when it avoided a speeding vehicle which was descending on the opposite lane of the road, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The bus struck two posts which fell on the right side of the roof, crushing the roof and hitting the bus conductor,Joseph Ryan Mesana Lalong, and passenger Melba Suarez of Malabon City, who was seated on the front seat.

Acod said, as of Wednesday, one injured passenger identified as Rebecca Valencia, 67, of Bugallon, Pangasinan was still confined at Baguio General Hospital for treatment.

Others were discharged Monday night upon treatment of their injuries namely: Dimple Pearce , 29, of Santa Maria Pangasinan; Shiela Perez, 37, of Navotas; Lovely Angeles, 23, of Coloocan City;Ralph Bryan Rojel, 25, of Valenzuela City; Rebecca Valencia,of Bagalion Pangasinan; Danilo Sagipen, 54,of Santa Maria Pangasinan; Marilou Sagipen, 53,of Santa Maria, Pangasinan; Rose Marie Buena,of Navotas City;Charito Lobo, 23,of Coloocan City; Brenden Pearce, 28,of Santa Maria, Pangasinan; Gianne Colleen Catakutan,19,of Tarlac City;Gemma Lopez Lalosos,18,of Baguio City;Ricky Joy MAlibag, 29 ,of Valenzuala City;Leilanie Pamdi,45,of Malabon City; Lyra Taniala, 53,of Malabon City; Mary Jane Lucas,30,ofValenzuela City; and Carmina Cabantoc, 23,of Tondo,Manila.

Rafael Valencia, a volunteer rescuer of 911 On Call, said they responded to the call and upon their arrival, they saw the two persons who were crushed by the damaged part of the bus, which made it difficult to extricate them.

He added “the weather was good at that time we were on our way to the accident site, although we felt the road was slippery; we just don’t know if an oil spill on the road might have contributed to the accident.”

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