Lightning hurts 11 sugarcane workers in Negros city

Published May 18, 2022, 12:37 PM

by Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY — Eleven sugarcane workers suffered injuries and burns after they were hit by lightning at Hacienda Concordia in Barangay Maao, Bago City, Negros Occidental on Tuesday.

Two of the 11 sugarcane workers hurt by lightning in Barangay Maao, Bago City, Negros Occidental, were brought to a hospital Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Bago City Police Station)

According to the police, the workers were loading sugarcane to a truck parked at the roadside, when rains suddenly fell.

The workers then took shelter under the truck, and in a short while, lightning struck.

The truck driver and his helper, who was seated on the driver’s seat, witnessed the incident and called for assistance. They were both unharmed, but eight others were.

Bago City police chief Lt. Col. Joem Malong said the eight workers who were harmed were confined at Bago City Hospital. One was in critical condition and was confined at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital while another was admitted at Teresita Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City.

The other victims were already discharged from the hospital, Malong added.