By Mike U. Crismundo
Butuan City – Three people were killed, while eight others were injured, in a highway accident here Monday afternoon after a wayward trailer truck hit a multi-cab van, police reported Tuesday.
The victims were passengers of the multi-cab, which was struck by the Surigao-bound Aluminum Wing Van truck in Purok 1-Cebuano, Barangay Sumilihon, Butuan City, police report said.
Police identified the fatalities as Princess L. Cawaling, 20; Ronald E. Balderas, 51; and Alex S. Avila, 33.
Initial investigation conducted by the Butuan City Police Office-Station 4 (BCPO-S4) showed that an Isuzu van being driven by Viviano A. Paquibot, 59, was travelling towards Surigao City, while the multi-cab, driven by Seth June D. Aballar, 34, was on its way to Butuan City from Magallanes, Agusan del Norte when the accident happened at 12:10 p.m. Monday.
According to an initial report from the BCPO-S4, “the rear tire of the van that was heading to Barangay Sumilihon, suddenly burst, causing it to swerve.”
It was at this point that Paquibot may have lost control of the van, which crossed to the opposite lane, hitting the multi-cab.
“Both drivers sustained injuries, and other multi-cab passengers sustained serious physical injuries,” it said.
Injured were Ricky M. Lomanog, Jade B. Busa, Jessie John R. Balderas, Chona Mae C. de Lapeña, Viviano A. Paquibot, Welmart S. Saliwa, and the two drivers.
Six of those injured were taken to the Butuan Medical Center (BMC) where they are now recuperating, while Saliwa and Paquibot were brought to the Provincial Hospital.