THIRTY-FOUR people, including two children, were injured after two passenger buses collided head-on in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police reported Monday.
Chief Superintendent Miguel Antonio, Jr., regional police director of Zamboanga Peninsula (Western Mindanao), said the incident occurred around 5 p.m., Sunday at Purok 5 in the village of Tigpalay, Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Investigation showed both passenger bus were both owned by the Rural Transit of Mindanao Inc. that operates transport services in the northern and western part of Mindanao.
One of the two buses with body number 9502 was driven by Felipe Toloron, 39, while the other with body number 9554 by Wilbert Casaba, 48.
Antonio said Toloron was bound for Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay coming from Zamboanga City while Casaba was travelling to the city coming from Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay when the accident happened.
He said they collided after Casaba encroached the lane of Toloron while both were negotiating a blind curve travelling on opposite directions in the village of Tigpalay, Tungawan town.
Toloron was critically injured while Casaba sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision’s impact.
The injured passengers were identified as the following: Margarita Urbano, 58; Sherwina Ambali, 24; Roger Urbano; Maria Fe Cañedo, 47; Zko Boljora, 23; Abdul Gapor Mohammad, 23; Aljadzmeo Mohammad, 22; Victor Azores, 47; Monira Dais, 27; Jovelyn Alit, 22; Marina Sala, 25; Roden Condinato, 22; Maricel Tubat, 23; Habir Asari, 48; Bakren Jailani, 18; Suwaib Tandih, 42; Merhamna Hasim, 18; Jessa Hassan, 28; Marma Sala, 25; Erman Rocel, 21; Analyn Siglos, 23; Norris Reyes, 48; Angelica Mae Cura, 19; Apsariya Arani, 32; Edwin Dayawan, 51; Emelda Gonzales, 49; Arsua Bernico, 45; Susana Naparota, 33; Leticia Toribio, 46; Arlo Paredes, 26; Al-kimar Hasim, 11; and Regine Gonzales, six.
Antonio said two of the passengers are from Davao City while the others from the different parts of the region.
They were taken to the hospitals in Zamboanga City and in Zamboanga Sibugay, according to Antonio.