A 10-WHEELER truck ran over a motorcycle driver in the southern town of Minglanilla, Cebu while a pedestrian was killed after he was hit by a passenger multicab in the northern town of Liloan.
The two incidents happened more than an hour apart Wednesday morning.
In Sitio Sangi, Barangay Calajoan, Minglanilla, the motorcycle driven by Juanito Sorbilla Sumagang Jr. had just overtaken the Isuzu 10-wheeler truck driven by Porferio Lore Gerardo Jr., 32, at 7:30 a.m.
Both vehicles were headed for Cebu City.
However, Sumagang reportedly lost control of the motorcycle when another vehicle made a sudden left turn.
According to the report from the Minglanilla Police Station, Sumagang's motorcycle fell on its side and Sumagang was thrown off.
Gerardo accidentally ran over Sumagang. The latter was rushed to the Minglanilla District Hospital but died before reaching it.
In Barangay Poblacion, Liloan, Martinez Libut-libut, 63, was crossing the highway when a multicab plying the Compostela-Cebu City route and driven by John Huerte Manatad, 24, hit him.
The victim died on the way to the hospital.
Both drivers were taken into custody as police waited for families of the victims to decide if they wanted to pursue legal action against the drivers.
In Lapu-Lapu City, six people were injured when two passenger multicabs collided on M.L Quezon Ave. in Barangay Ibo past 6 a.m. yesterday.
Two suffered fractures and were still unconscious as of 4 p.m. yesterday at the Mactan Doctors’ Hospital.
An investigation report said a broken bolt joint caused the accident.
Mactan Economic Zone (MEZ) police, however, are holding driver Celso Josol for the filing of a criminal complaint for reckless imprudence against him.
Josol, who wasn’t carrying any passengers at the time, was on his way to Mandaue City from Barangay Ibo when the bolt joint of his multicab broke. He swerved to the opposite lane and hit the hood of the passenger multicab of Mario Cataluna.
The accident wrecked Cataluna’s vehicle and injured his five passengers, who were on their way to work at the MEZ.
Because the scene is under MEZ jurisdiction, its police handled the investigation.
Lt. Danilo Ledesma, MEZ police chief, said passengers Lilia Saviour and Brenda Cañete suffered fractures and had to undergo X-rays to ascertain the extent of their injuries.
Cataluna said Joso’s multicab blocked his path without any signal.
"I raised my legs instead of stepping on the breaks. I had no choice since he was so close, otherwise my feet would have been crushed. Joso’s multicab appeared out of nowhere,” Cataluna said in Cebuano.
Traffic on the portion of M.L. Quezon Highway passing MEZ was taken over by City Traffic Management System (CTMS) personnel after the Philippine Economic Zone Authority and City Hall agreed to return the responsibility to the CTMS.
But vehicular accidents and crimes that take place in MEZ jurisdiction are handled by MEZ police.