Bus vs van: 3 killed, 7 hurt

February 16, 2019

LOPEZ, Quezon -- Two personnel of Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and a retired policeman died while seven others were hurt after the vehicle they were riding was smashed by a passenger bus at Bgy. Pansol here late Friday night.

Town police commander, Chief Insp. Noel Divino identified the fatalities as SFO2 Cleto Nataño, FO3 Ronald Alcala and retired SPO4 Juanito Unyiveros, all residents of Tagkawayan, Quezon.

Divino named those injured as FO3 Roderick Odi, Reynold Talain, 31, Aimee Lerum, 19, Marlex Mendegorin, 20, Dandy Severa, 21, Ariel Cris Principe, 22,  and Lenon Tagulinao, 19.

He said the incident took place at 9:45 p.m. while the three fatalities and Odi were on a Mitsubishi Adventure driven by Alcala on its way to Bicol region.

Divino said a Manila-bound Daewo passenger bus tailing an overtaking bus accidentally hit the Adventure.

“The bus driver tried to avoid colliding with the incoming Adventure but it was too late. Kinabig n’yang pilit ang manibela pero inabot pa rin”, said Divino.

On impact, he said the bus rammed into a house resulting to the minor injury of some passengers while the Adventure collided with a moving Nissan Urvan resulting to the sudden death of the trio and wounding of Odi.