By Aaron Recuenco
At least three people died while 20 others were injured when a passenger bus slammed into a stalled vehicle alongside a national highway in Puerto Princesa City, police said Saturday.
Chief Insp. Imelda Tolentino, spokesperson of the MIMAROPA (Mindoro Occidental and Oriental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) regional police, said the three passengers of the bus died on the spot as a result of the strong impact.
She identified them as Emilita Manlavi Abid, Annaliza Talde and eight-month-old baby Charnengel Fernandez.
Tolentino said that at around 9 a.m. Saturday, an Asia Utility Vehicle-type car was forced to stop on the road in Barangay Sta. Cruz after incurring mechanical trouble.
“The driver of the vehicle was about to put the warning signage as he is about to check on the engine of the vehicle. It was then that the bus hit them,” Tolentino said.
The bus was heading toward Puerto Princesa City proper.
The strong impact killed three of the bus passengers while 14 other passengers were injured. Six more people from the AUV were also hurt.
The injured victims were taken to the hospital, some of them were seriously hurt.
Road accidents have been claiming the lives of at least 1,000 people every year based on the report of the police’s Highway Patrol Group (HPG).
The usual reasons of the accidents are bad overtaking, overspeeding and mechanical trouble.