Bus Passenger Dies in Bago Collision

A Ceres bus passenger died, while about 30 others including the passenger of a tricycle and the bus driver were injured in a triple collision along the accident-prone area of Araneta Highway in Barangay Taloc, Bago City at past 9 o’clock Saturday night.

Initial Bago Police Office report identified the fatality as April Rex Narciso Villegas, 24, single of Purok Elgar in Barangay Don Jorge Araneta in Bago.

Villegas, passenger of the Ceres Liner bus with temporary plare number 063005, sustained head and body injuries and was declared dead on arrival at the Bago District Hospital.

The bus was driven by Florentino Laraya Belleza Jr., 29, single of Purok Kasantulan in Barangay Mailum, Bago.

The bus was on its way to Barangay Ma-ao, Bago when the collision took place.

A van, with plate Number ABJ-9579 driven by Ricardo Eduardo Rojo, 28, single of Barangay Matab-ang, Talisay City was cruising from Bago to Bacolod when it bumped a parked tricycle and swerved to the opposite lane, colliding with the Ceres bus.

The bus fell on its side down to the pavement and skidded to the right shoulder of the highway.

After colliding with the bus, the van hit an electric post where it stopped.

All victims were brought to the Bago hospital and some were later transferred to the Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in Bacolod.

All three vehicles incurred major damages

Others injured were Rissa MonaresTorre, 31, of Ma-ao; Shenno Torre, 4 years old of Ma-ao; Jeffrey Torrecarion Estosane, 33; Justin Arin Togle, 34, of Bago; Jade Pudadera Agote, 22 of Caridad, Bago; Evelyn Elizalde Odtoha, 30 of Ma-ao; Roselito Lontes Calumba, 34 of Taloc, Bago;

Joel Arsenio Buenaventura, 28 of Calumangan, Bago; Shaira Martir Tenero, 19 of Poblacion, Bago City; Steve Ernest Marba Dulaca, 23 of Poblacion; Christina Mae Tijara Cadungog, 22 of Sampinit, Bago; Rona Jean Cordero Escora, 21 of Barangay Alianza, Bago;

Mark Ian Sanchez Labrador,19 of Ma-ao; Gene Jade Cepeda Elarmo, 32 of Alianza; Joemon Jabigo Jison, 35, of Barangay Don Jorge Araneta’ Sherwin Yangco Desponzo, 35 of Calumangan; Janice Kapangyarihan Salem, 32 of Calumangan; Jerald Ganghe Gan, 24 of Barangay Alianza; Arjie Odtohan Villegas, 29 of Don Jorge Araneta;

Jose Kristian Bulacja Clemente, 20 of Ma-ao; Jan Michael Lopez Artifice, 18 of Don Jorge Araneta; Mark Salupior Fernandez, 21 of Caridad; Dalbert Santorcas Buenaflor, 24 of Poblacion; RJ Maghari Lachica , 27, bus fare collector of Don Jorge Araneta;

Wina Narciso Lozada, 18 of Balingasag, Bago; Jasper Gumban Alvarez, 22 of Calumangan; Adelaida Felomino Fedilo, 53 of Barangay Taloc, a tricycle passenger; Florentino Laraya Belleza Jr., Ceres bus driver; Rommel Dulaca Ambino, 20 of Barangay Dos Hermanas in Talisay City; and Diego Castillo Amarado, 19 of Barangay Mambulac in Silay City.* (Cyrus M. Garde)



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