Seven persons died while 59 others were injured in separate road accidents in Calabarzon, Tagum City and Camarines Sur, police reported on Sunday.
Police said that in Lipa City in Batangas, victims Ian Suarez and Patrick Allen Inciong were onboard a motorcycle traversing along Lipa Road in Bgy. Sampaguita at 10:30 p.m. when the vehicle hit a fire hydrant, throwing the two several meters away.
Suarez and Inciong died while undergoing treatment in the hospital.
In Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas, motorcycle-riding Joshua Enujada, who was allegedly under the influence of liquor, hit a tricycle unloading passengers, causing injuries to the driver and passengers Julius Reyes, Krisna Valerie Galicia, Nerlyn Panganiban, Sidney Galicia, Jaden Lescano and Joey Nacion, who were brought to San Jose District Hospital.
In Tiaong, Quezon, victim Jimmy Aringo Montero Jr. was driving an L300 FB when hit by an Amihan passenger bus at 3:45 a.m. along Maharlika Highway near the poblacion. An unidentified passenger of the L300 was taken to the nearby hospital.
In Rosario, Cavite, Bryan Parjuelas, 21, of Bgy. Ligtong 4, was driving a motorcycle when it slipped and hit a lamppost along the road. The victim, said to be under the influence of liquor, died in the hospital.
In Imus City, Cavite, victim Marlina Aquino Calleja, 55, sales agent, of Citihomes, Molino VI, Bacoor City, was riding a motorcycle driven by Dionisio Quisumbing Calleja, 49, her husband at 11 p.m. when the motorcycle also slipped on the road, causing head and body injuries to Marlina. She died in the hospital.
In Tagum City, a belated report reaching the Public Commuters and Motorists Alliance (PCMA) said a commuter was killed while 41 others were injured Sunday afternoon when two metro shuttle buses collided along a wet and slippery road.
Tagum police head Supt. Philip Ayban said they are still investigating the incident.
Police said the management of the bus promised to shoulder all the necessary expenses of all victims.
In Camarines Sur, a person was killed while 18 others were injured when a truck loaded with banana collided with a passenger jeepney at the boundary of Libmanan and Sipocot towns Sunday afternoon.
Police said initial investigation showed the truck’s brakes failed before it collided with the jeepney it was tailing. Many of the passengers were thrown out of the jeepney.
The truck driver is now in the custody of police, facing charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and multiple physical injuries and damage to properties.
With Jun I. Legaspi