Quezon smash-up death toll climbs to 20-A A +A
Saturday, October 19, 2013
MANILA (Updated) -- The death toll in the eight vehicle smash-up along the Maharlika Highway in Barangay Sta. Catalina, Atimonan town in Quezon province on Saturday morning has now climbed to 20.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 58 people were also injured in the mishap.
The NDRRMC reported that the vehicular accident happened along 159 kilometers between Sta. Catalina and Malinao Ilaya, Atimonan, Quezon. The accident involved eight vehicles -- a ten-wheeler truck, a close-van container truck, a jeep, three buses (Isarog, Superlines, BLTRB), and two Elf type close van.
The NDRRMC said 19 people died on the spot, while another one died before reaching the Gumaca Hospital.
The NDRRMC released Saturday evening only 12 identified fatalities.
1. Nexter Camacho
2. Maria Teresa Diezmo
3. Perfecto Zano
4. Henry Malaluan
5. Ronie Villeja
6. Noe Nunez
7. Danilo Espencilla
8. John Omar Talicol
9. Judelyn Consuelo
10. Michael Villamor
11. Rajick Muksan II
12. Rene Jimenez
Other eight fatalities, who are now at Pagbilao Funeral Morgue in Lucena City, are still unidentified.
The smash-up also left 58 others wounded who were rushed to various hospitals. Click here to view the list of the injured passengers.
Of the 58 injured, 15 were brought to Dona Marta Memorial District Hospital, 19 were brought to Emil Joanna Hospital, one passenger was brought to Gumaca District Hospital, six at Quezon Memorial Hospital in Lucena City, three were admitted at MMG Hospital, seven were treated at Jane County Hospital, and seven were brought to RAKK PRHOPET Hospital.
Social workers said a one-year-old girl was among the survivors. Rescuer Jun Panuil said he found the baby muddied and covered in blood from other victims on the side of the road near the bus. He said the blood made rescuers suspect the child was seriously hurt, but she had only a few scratches.
Yupio said it was dark and raining when the accident occurred, adding that the bus and truck involved in the first collision rolled over before stopping on their sides. Further investigation has been launched.
Road accidents are common in remote areas in the Philippines, largely because of poor vehicle maintenance and bad road conditions. (VR/AP/Sunnex)