5 dead, 15 hurt in Camarines Sur bus crash

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MANILA (Updated) -- Five people, including a two-year-old boy, died and six others were injured when the passenger bus they were riding rammed a parked cargo truck in Libmanan town in Camarines Sur on Wednesday.

Libmanan police chief Superintendent Vicente Costales Marpuri said the incident occured around 4 a.m. along a national road in Bikal village.

Marpuri said a Bragais Liner bus, driven by Joel Bermas, was traversing the road and on the way to Albay when it rammed on the rear side of the truck loaded with scrap metal, which was parked due to mechanical problem.

The whole right side of the bus was dislodged by the collision.

Marpuri said the impact caused the right side of the bus to press against the truck, resulting in the death of Mark Kevin Dacullo, 2 and Cindy Garcia, 17.

Camarines Sur bus crash
Police and rescuers inspect a passenger bus after it rammed into a cargo truck early Wednesday, April 16, 2014 along a highway at Libmanan township, Camarines Sur province, south of Manila, Philippines. Police said at least five passengers, including a child, were killed and 15 others were injured in the accident Wednesday which came as Filipinos flock to their hometowns for the Holy Week break. (AP Photo)


Dacullo's father Arneli, Jayson Purita and Alexander Belen were all declared dead on arrival at the Libmanan District Hospital.

Six other bus passengers were taken to a hospital. Another passenger was also brought to a hospital because he is in a state of shock.

The driver of the bus was not hurt. He was arrested and currently detained by the police, pending the filing of charges against him.

Philippines Bus Accident2
Debris are scattered on the highway after a passenger bus, second from left, rammed a cargo truck early Wednesday, April 16, 2014 along a highway at Libmanan township, Camarines Sur province, south of Manila, Philippines. Police said at least five passengers, including a child, were killed and 15 others were injured in the accident Wednesday which came as Filipinos flock to their hometowns for the Holy Week break. (AP Photo)


The four-day Easter week holidays will start Thursday, but some vacationers already started traveling to the provinces Wednesday.

Road accidents are common in remote areas in the Philippines, because of poor vehicle maintenance, bad road conditions, and poor implementation of safety measures. (VR/Sunnex/With AP)

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