Monday, September 27, 2021

Dump truck driver ‘missing’

THE driver of the dump truck that rammed another dump truck and a multicab at a Mactan bridge could not be located yesterday. The accident killed one man.

Pablo Estrera, 37, was not in the hospital where he was confined for his injuries.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 will file a case for damages against Estrera for what he did Wednesday night at the foot of the Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge--ramming two DPWH vehicles that were parked, killing a DPWH worker and injuring six other DPWH workers.

Ten members of the DPWH crew were patching the road at the foot of the second bridge at past 8 p.m.

Renault Ricardo, assistant district engineer of the DPWH 6th Engineering District Office, said the legal officer of DPWH 7 went to their office yesterday and informed them that the regional office will file a case for damages.

As of yesterday afternoon, the police could not say where Estrera was. Neither could his employer provide the police with details of his whereabouts.

PO2 Jobin Pino, traffic investigator of the of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office, told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday that Estrera, driver of the private dump truck, was first taken to Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu City then moved to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) for financial reasons.

The hospital transfer was carried out by the person in charge of the private dump truck.

When the person in charge went to VSMMC at dawn to check on Estrera at the trauma center, Estrera was no longer around, the policeman said. Whether the hospital has discharged Estrera was not made clear.

The Lapu-Lapu city police were not apprised of what happened to Estrera until 5 p.m. yesterday, Pino said.

What happened

Ten job order workers of DPWH 6th Engineering District were at the foot of the second bridge in the Lapu-Lapu City side for a road patching project when a Hyundai dump truck (AGA-6655) came rushing down at them.

The Hyundai dump truck, driven by Estrera, first hit a lamppost of the bridge before it drove down and rammed the DPWH multicab (SKK-652) and DPWH dump truck (SKD-932) that were parked by the road.

Estrera was driving from Mandaue City to Barangay Ibo in Lapu-Lapu.

Estrera’s co-worker, Raymond Ediza, 18, was also injured. Ediza said Estrera had tried to avoid hitting two private vehicles only to swerve towards the DPWH vehicles.

After the private dump truck rammed the multicab, it hit Marlon Katam-isan, a DPWH worker from Bogo City, and Ricky Booc, the DPWH multicab driver who was standing in front of the vehicle at the time. 

The private dump truck also hit the DPWH truck loaded with asphalt. Both trucks were pushed to the center island and crossed the opposite lane, hitting establishments on the side of the road.

Booc was declared dead when he was brought to the Lapu-Lapu City Hospital. He lost his left leg after Estrera’s truck ran over him.

Among the DPWH workers injured were Raymundo Penaranda, driver of the DPWH dump truck, Joselito Cruz and Robincio Tugap.

Ricardo said two of the workers were discharged from VSMMC while two others remain confined pending X-ray results.

Ricardo said it was usual overtime work for the crew that night.Ricardo said they will extend financial aid to Booc’s family using the contributions of DPWH employees.

Booc had been driving the office multicab for two years.

Motorbike mishap

Meanwhile, a motorbike rider was killed and a British tourist suffered injuries in separate road accidents on S. Osmeña Blvd. in Cebu City last Wednesday.

The British tourist, Helmut Franz Rebholtz, 63, was on his way to Plaza Independencia when his motorcycle collided with an Isuzu trailer truck (GWA-645) driven by Jiji Simbajon, 29.

The motorcycle got thrown off and was damaged. Rebholtz and his Cebuana back rider Shiela Marie Jugalbot were thrown off as well.

Emergency responders rushed the two to Chong Hua Hospital.

PO2 Wilfredo Eya Caperida Jr. said the collision happened when Simbajon turned left at the S. Osmeña Blvd. and Kaohsiung St. junction shortly before 8 p.m.

It was not established who was at fault but the truck driver was placed under police custody while investigation is ongoing.

Same spot

An earlier accident involving a truck and a motorcycle on the same street turned out to be fatal.

At 4:35 a.m., an Isuzu truck (RMD-104) driven by Joselito Batulan, 40, was on a full stop on an intersection when a motorcycle rammed the vehicle.

The Honda Mio motorcycle (GC-30907) and the driver, 49-year-old Abundio Mantica, were pinned under the front of the truck.

Mantica was rushed to the hospital but he was pronounced dead on arrival, said PO3 Noel Belicario, traffic investigator of the Traffic Patrol Group. with Alan Tangcawan

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