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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
CEBU CITY -- A man died and three others were injured after a sedan crashed into a passenger bus in Barangay Pasol, Alcoy, Cebu early Tuesday morning.
The accident happened past 7 a.m. when the Honda Civic (WCL-532) driven by Emmanuel Navarete, a seaman, reportedly encroached the other lane.
Despite its driver hitting the brakes, the Ceres Bus Liner (GWK-142) met the vehicle in a head-on collision while negotiating a downhill curve.
SPO1 Join Caballero of Alcoy Police Station identified the fatality as Alvin Legaspi, who suffered from severe injuries. He was seated in front of the sedan.
Aside from Navarete, his other passengers – Gerome Carungay and Rommel Rodriguez – were also injured. They were seated at the back.
The victims were immediately brought to a hospital in Dalaguete town.
Before the incident, witnesses told police the vehicle was zigzagging. The victims reportedly came from a wake.
Caballero said a tricycle had to stop beside the road after seeing the speeding sedan.
A liquor test wasn’t conducted on Navarete after he was given treatment.
During an interrogation, 36-year-old bus driver Anthony Oriendo recalled he stepped on the brakes when he saw the sedan.
“Pero nilahos man gihapon ang awto (But the car didn’t stop),” Caballero said, quoting the driver.
The Cebu City-bound bus came from the town proper of Alcoy. There were no passengers in it during the incident.
Caballero said the bus got a special permit to travel in the southern part of Cebu to accommodate passengers because of the Sinulog celebration last Sunday.
Oriendo, a native of Siquijor province, was left unscathed. His conductor was also safe.
He was detained in the police station and may face charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and multiple physical injuries with damage to properties.
The incident resulted in the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)-Central Visayas suspending the operation of three Ceres buses operated by Vallacar Transit Corp.
LTFRB-Central Visayas Director Ahmed Cuizon said that while only one Ceres bus was involved in the accident, the operation of all the three buses are suspended for 30 days because they are all in one franchise number.
Cuizon said the buses will undergo roadworthiness tests by LTFRB to make sure they are in good condition before these are allowed to operate again.
Their drivers will also undergo drug tests and attend safety seminar by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
Cuizon said that if the Ceres buses will pass the roadworthiness test, LTFRB will lift the suspension order after 30 days.
However, it could be earlier than 30 days if they pass the test and file a petition for the lifting of the suspension order and LTFRB will fine it meritorious. (EOB/Sun.Star Cebu)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 23, 2013.