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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Lack of sleep results in 6-vehicle smash-up

By Johanna marie O. Bajenting
USJ-R Mass Comm Intern

AN accident involving six vehicles on Gen. Maxilom Ave. corner Jakosalem St., Cebu City injured a man at 10:30 a.m. yesterday.

A passenger jeepney, a truck, a Toyota Fortuner, a motorcycle and two taxis were involved in the mishap that caused an hour-long traffic that stretched up to Fuente Osmeña.

No deaths reported but a passenger of JRN taxi, Jerome Waga, got injured after his head hit the windshield. He was brought to Velez Hospital for treatment.

Investigation by the Traffic Patrol Group showed that the truck driven by Arque Cuizon rammed all the vehicles that were in a standstill because of the red light.

Lost brakes

He was on his way to deliver dry goods to a convenience store when he allegedly lost his brakes.

The truck then rammed into the JRN taxi then swerved to the right and collided with a black Fortuner driven by Rosie Dy.

The JRN taxi owned by Ramil Turno received the first impact. The taxi sustained the most damaged, as the fender and bumper were in bad shape.

The also collision caused a motorcycle to get stuck between the Fortuner and another taxi owned by Ruperto Ylaya, which sustained minor damage.

The truck also hit a jeepney beside it.

Debris of broken glass littered the road as a result of the collision.

Ronan Dabao, 37, the motorcycle driver said that he was thankful that he jumped in time or else he would have been killed.

Cuizon, who has been driving for a month for Czar Trucking Corporation, had no driver’s license. He allegedly lost his wallet that contained his license.

No license

SPO2 Armando Banoc of the Traffic Patrol Group said this would complicate the case as driving without license is a major traffic offense.

Cuizon said he was tired while driving; he just came from another delivery in Balamban.

However, he denied the allegation that he fell asleep at the time of the mishap.

Cuizon was half-asleep when he was interrogated by the police and the other drivers involved.

The management of Czar Trucking Services promised to shoulder all the expenses resulting from the accident.

Felicisimo Oncada, company supervisor, however said that while their drivers were tired after coming from a graveyard shift, they were given ample time to sleep in the morning.

SPO4 Nelson Jayme, chief investigator of the TPG, urged motorists to be responsible at all times.

“Always observe traffic rules to avoid accidents most especially if you’re driving without enough rest,” he said.

Cuizon will face charges of reckless imprudence resulting in physical injuries with damage to properties.

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