Teen survives his second bus accident

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

FOR 19-year-old Edwin Batomalaque, it was a second chance at life.

“Na-anghelan gyud siguro ko (An angel must have been watching over me),” he said.

Batomalaque is one of the 32 passengers who suffered injuries when a passenger bus fell on its side in Barangay Balhaan in Badian town on Monday.

Last month, a Ceres Bus Liner he was riding also figured in an accident in the same town. He was unscathed.

Yesterday, it was a different situation. He sustained bruises in his face and body and has fractured bones.

“I thank God I survived and did not die in that bus,” Batomalaque told Sun.Star Cebu.

He was on his way to Cebu Technological University-Moalboal Campus, where he is taking up a marine course, when the accident happened. Sun.Star Cebu chanced upon him inside a ward at the Badian District Hospital, where he was confined.

Batomalaque, a resident of Barangay Madridejos in Alegria town, said that since all the seats were already taken, he chose to stand near the door of the bus, not too far from the driver.

“Kusog gyud siya ug padagan (He was speeding),” he said.

When they reached a downhill curve in Sitio Bangko-Bangko, the bus hit a post and a tree before it fell on its side.

It was all so sudden, Batomalaque said.

Even if he was bleeding profusely in the face and other parts of his body, he managed to get out of the bus by himself immediately, fearing the bus would explode.

Some residents then rushed to the site of the accident and brought the passengers to the hospital.

Batomalaque said he might have to stop going to school while he recovers, but he is determined to finish college.

“Siguro, daghan pa gyud ug plano ang Ginoo para sa akoa (Maybe God still has plans for me),” Batomalaque said.

It was not only Batomalaque who got lucky yesterday.

SPO1 Danilo Teopiz, the jailer at the Badian Police Station, also believes that luck was on his side.

For 10 years, the policeman would ride a Ceres bus every day to go to work.

Yesterday, instead of taking a tricycle, Teopiz opted to walk from his house to the highway, where he waited for the Ceres bus.

He missed the bus that figured in an accident.

“Kung nakasakay pa ko ato, wa ta kahibaw masin mamatay pud ko ug apil (If I had gotten on that bus, who knows, I could be one of those who died),” he said.

Teopiz then boarded another bus and when they reached Sitio Bangko-Bangko, he wondered what caused the heavy traffic. He was shocked when he learned the bus he had missed fell on its side.

“Swerte gyud (I was lucky),” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 17, 2013.

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