By Zaldy Comanda
A Victory Liner bus on its way to Baguio City crashed into an electric post in Tuba, Benguet killing two people and injuring 19 others on Monday, police said.
Police Chief Inspector James Acod, Tuba chief of police, said the accident happened along a sharp curve in Sitio Bayacsan, Barangay Taloy Sur at about 1:15 p.m. on Monday.
Acod identified the two fatalities as front seat passenger Melba Suarez and bus conductor Joseph Ryan Mesana Lalong.
Driver Maximo Alday Jr. was taken into custody by police although investigators have not yet released their findings on how the Victory Liner bus with Body No. 7099 ended up ramming its front right side into a concrete post of the Benguet Electric Cooperative or BENECO.
In a statement issued by Victory Liner, the bus firm referred to the spot where the incident happened as a “killer curve.” The bus came from Caloocan City, Metro Manila.
The front side of the bus was a total wreck. The injured are still being treated at the Benguet General Hospital.
Charges of reckless imprudence resulting in double homicide and multiple injuries is expected to be filed against Alday.
BENECO, meanwhile, assured there will be no power interruption because of the crash.
Ronald Sarmiento, Victory Liner operations manager, said the bus company is cooperating with the police and that it has sent a n emergency team to immediately assist the victims.
“We deployed our emergency team composed of several company representatives to the Baguio hospital to ascertain the condition of passengers and provide them with fast and sufficient medical and financial assistance,” Sarmiento said.
He added that four of the victims required treatment at the hospital while the uninjured passengers were safely assisted as well.
“We empathize with the people affected by this accident and we will work hard with the community to avoid such accidents in the future,” said Sarmiento.