13 Dead as minibus and 10-wheeler truck clashes up in Naga City Cebu
There were at least 13 people killed while 4 others reportedly get injured after a minibus race turned deadly in Barangay Tuyan, City of Naga in Cebu province before dawn Saturday (March 28, 2009) at exactly 5 am.
The minibus, owned by the Cebu-based EDC Liner and driven by Aladin Law-it, was running at 90-100 kilometers per hour and overtook another mini bus at the south Cebu highway in Barangay Tuyan of Naga when it clashed up into a trailer truck that was coming from the opposite direction.
Most residents said the impact was so loud that they were roused from their sleep. The two vehicles were dragged to the southbound lane and stopped beside an electric post. Both vehicles were severely damaged. The front part of the mini-bus was torn in half and its wheels were already under the cargo truck.
Law-it and his conductor, Allan Omilgo, were among the 13 fatalities, according to Senior Police Officer 4 George Canomon, Naga City traffic investigator. Another list of casualties is Alfred Chan; Nora Pacubas and 10-year-old daughter Charlene; Chunie Caban; Rodrigo Laña; Warren Aleser; Nestor Omilgo; Allan Omilgo; Jasmin Hasma.
The four injured were Anabelle Alforque, Jennifer Gregorio, Ma. Fe Rodela, and Alexander Autida. The victims were rushed to the South General Hospital by rescue workers just across the accident site but most of them were proclaiming Dead on Arrival by medical staffs.
Investigation showed the bus was carrying 20 passengers and heading for Cebu City from Sibunga town when the incident happened. The bus was overtaking another vehicle when it strayed into the lane of the truck.
Bus operator Eladio Colalho promised he would provide assistance to the victims. He assured that they will not abandon the victims of the crash, but asked that only one funeral parlor (St. Francis Funeral Homes on N. Bacalso Ave.) handle everything so they will not have difficulty coordinating with the families.