1 killed, 15 others hurt in Butuan City road accident
Police investigator SPO1 Zaldy Calpo Undayan told GMA News the Bachelor Bus (EYA 191) bound for Surigao City rammed the concrete fence of a construction firm after it went out of control allegedly due to defective brakes.
Undayan identified the fatality as Cecilia Ramores, 54, married and a resident of Zamboanga City.
Dominic, 18, Cecilia's son, told the police they were supposed to attend the wake of his grandmother in Surigao City.
He said his mother was so tired and had fallen asleep during the daylong trip from Zamboanga City to Butuan City.
According to him, the Bachelor Bus left Butuan City Bus terminal past 2:30 a.m.
Undayan initially identified the wounded passengers as Jerusalem Bacalso, Randy Franco, Jerry Consigna of Surigao City, Patricia Buniel, Joey Buniel (both resident of Barangay Lunao, Gingoog City), Roberto Aleman, Gerry Padilla and Cherry Padilla (both residents of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte) and Romeo Cainog.
Authorities were still getting the identities of wounded passengers who were brought to various hospitals in Butuan City, Undayan said.
The passenger bus driver was identified as Loreto Pareja, a resident of Barangay Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur while the bus conductor, who was one of the wounded, was identified as Noel Salva of Marihatag, Surigao del Sur.
Caraga police regional director Chief Supt. Reynaldo S. Rafal has called for thorough investigation of the accident.
Last Wednesday, another bus unit of same transport company figured in an accident in Barangay Ampayon also in Butuan City.
The bus smashed a private vehicle parked along the national highway. One was killed in the incident. — Ben Serrano/LBG, GMA News