TWO died while 16 were injured in four separate road accidents early this week.
At 11 p.m. last Monday, Alan Lastimado, 50, was crushed to death when the dump truck he was driving hit a tree in Sitio Gaway-gaway, Barangay Uling in the City of Naga.
Lastimado, a resident of Barangay Lutac, was driving a dump truck carrying sand from Toledo City when he suddenly lost his brakes while driving on a steep road in Sitio Gaway-gaway.
After losing his brakes, Lastimado drove his truck onto a mahogany tree.
Rescuers from the cities of Naga and Cebu toiled for 10 hours to remove Lastimado from the wreckage.
It wasn't until 7:30 a.m. the next day that Lastimado was pulled out and brought to a private hospital but he was already dead.
The accident prompted the City Government to mull an ordinance imposing a speed limit in the Naga-Uling road.
Earlier in the day, Constantino Teofilo, 42, died when he was hit by a truck in Malabuyoc, southwestern Cebu.
According to the initial investigation of the Malabuyoc Police Station led by PO2 Diosdado Iran Jr., the truck (TPY-671), carrying dry goods and driven by Kerwin Jay Morga, 22, was headed to Ginatilan.
When Morga passed through Barangay Montañeza, Teofilo, a resident, reportedly crossed the road suddenly.
The victim was ran over by the truck.
Teofilo died on the spot due to serious physical injuries.
Morga was detained and will face charges for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.
11 hurt in Talisay
Yesterday dawn, 11 people were hurt in a collision involving a jeepney and a minibus in Barangay Linao, Talisay City.
Traffic investigator SPO2 Edgar Causon said that the north-bound jeepney, driven by 35-year-old Patricio Mercado, was plying the national highway when it started criss-crossing.
The vehicle reportedly crossed the other lane three times before hitting the Barili-bound minibus driven by 45-year-old Roel Azucena.
Mercado and all of his 10 passengers suffered minor injuries in the accident.
All injured persons are recuperating at the Talisay City District Hospital.
Causon said that the accident may have been caused by a problem in the jeepney's tires.
Causon also said that Mercado could have been driving too fast or that the vehicle was overloaded, resulting in the accident.
Smashup in Mandaue
Five passengers of a multicab also suffered minor injuries following a seven-vehicle smashup in Barangay Basak, Mandaue City yesterday morning.
The injured passengers were identified as Roy Olivares, 38; Jeremiah Labalan, 36; Jessica Nuñez, 17; Monit Arnoco; and Felicidad Soliano.
They sustained bruises in their bodies.
Mandaue City Police Office traffic investigator SPO1 Joel Catabas said that the smashup occurred after a platform truck's brake malfunctioned.
The Isuzu truck (GCE-657) driven by Gerardo Pepito, 52, was cruising the downhill road when it rammed a passenger multicab.
The impact caused a domino effect on five other vehicles in front of the Suzuki passenger multicab (GXU-615) driven by Ramon Alferez, 31.
Also damaged were a Toyota Revo (GMK-541) driven by Joy Capangpangan, 43; two Isuzu Elf aluminum vans (KGB-177 and YAC-165) driven by Marman Demipe, 25, and Romie Manatad, 35, respectively; and a Suzuki multicab (GWJ-700) driven by Valerio Nieves, 40.
There was no damage on the seventh vehicle, an Isuzu truck (GCT-294) driven by Brito Ybañez, 51.
Pepito, in an interview, said he was heading to the pier in Cebu City.
He also checked the truck before he left but the brake didn't hold when the road was downhill.
Catabas said that police are just waiting for the victims' decision if they will file a case of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple physical injuries and damage to properties.