MANILA, Philippines – Five people died after a train rammed a tricycle in Iriga City, Camarines Sur on Friday morning.
Constancio Toledano, Philippine National Railways (PNR) operations manager, admitted there was no crossing keeper stationed in the area when the crash occurred, but insisted that the train’s driver sounded his horn repeatedly.
The tricycle driver, Danilo Doroteo, continued crossing the railroad because he allegedly did not hear the horn due to his hearing problem.
The tricycle reportedly had at least 12 passengers, composed mostly of students who were on their way to school.
The following people died:
Danilo Doroteo, 51 (driver)
Shiela sapinoso, 32 (public school teacher)
Kent Lester Doroteo, 12
Kimberly Doroteo, 13
John Richard Rosal, 15
Meanwhile, the following students were injured:
Mikee Villanueva, 15
Hanny Mae Baal, 12
Ronnil Rodilas, 13
Loren Legada, 12
Jessa Bareno, 17
Joshua Salamanque, 14
Hanson Baal, 15
Angelo Zoilo, 15
The PNR promise to extend financial assistance to the families of the victims.
Meanwhile, the train driver, identified as Froilan Ollero, is facing multiply homicide, physical injuries and damage to property. – report from Mylce Mella, ABS-CBN News Bicol