Highway crash claims life of truck driver-A A +A
Friday, August 23, 2013
A TRUCK loaded with lumber crashed on the Transcentral Highway in Barangay Cansomuroy, Balamban, Cebu last Wednesday, killing a man and injuring its driver.
If not for the concrete barrier, the truck would have plunged into the ravine where several Iranian nationals died when their bus fell on the site in 2010.
SPO1 Rolando Navarro of the Balamban Police Station identified the fatality as Oscar Saraosos, 44, of Barangay San Roque, Talisay City.
The victim suffered severe injuries after he was pinned in the passenger seat.
The driver, 49-year-old Saturnino Villordon of Barangay Tangke, Talisay City, is recuperating in the hospital.
Navarro said the accident happened past 3 p.m. The truck’s brakes malfunctioned while it was going down the slope.
The victims were rushed to Balamban District Hospital, but Saraosos died on the way there.
Navarro said the truck was headed to Barangay Lamesa after picking up lumber in Barangay Sunog.
He said the driver could have been more careful, especially since the truck was carrying a heavy load.
“It pays to check your vehicles before traveling in this area,” Navarro said in Cebuano.
He said the barrier was put up after the accident in 2010, where 20 persons were killed and more than 20 were injured.
To be released
The group, which was composed of Iranian medical students, doctors and their family members, were headed for Tuburan when their bus also experienced a brake malfunction.
Last Aug. 15, five people were also injured when their pick-up truck crashed in the area. Failed brakes were again blamed for the accident.
“Motorists should also follow the warning signs to prevent accidents from happening,” Navarro added.
In another development, Cristiniano Palabrica, the 44-year-old driver of the bus that fell into a 10-foot ravine in San Carlos Heights, Barangay Quiot, will be released within the day if no one comes forward to file a complaint against him in relation to last Wednesday’s accident.
“We cannot detain him long kay basin kami sad pud ang makasuhan og (we might end up getting charged with) illegal detention,” said traffic investigator Dionisio Galo of the City Traffic Operation Management.
Some 40 passengers, mostly teenagers, were injured after the minibus of Barangay Basak-Pardo driven by Palabrica fell into a cliff while on their way to attend a seminar at the Scalabrini Retreat Center.
Palabrica admitted he miscalculated the gears while going up the steep slope.
Galo said the victims can still file a case of reckless imprudence resulting to damage to property and multiple physical injuries against Galo even if he is released today.
Also, the Cebu City Disaster Unit (CCDU), which responded to the accident, said organizers of field trips should study areas where they plan to go that way they can be prepared.
“Kung bukid ang event, mangita gyud sila dapat og sakyanan nga makasugakod sa area (If the area is mountainous, organizers should find a vehicle that is best-equipped for the terrain),” said Simeon Romarate of CCDU.
Basak-Pardo Councilor Ivy Pacaña, who was one of the passengers, said there were 41 persons on the bus that included 28 minors between the age of six and 16, two parents, four barangay staff workers and some Sangguniang Kabataan members.
Most of the victims suffered bruises and head injuries. They were rushed to the Cebu City Medical Center.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 23, 2013.