6 dead in bus-van collision in Sorsogon
MANILA – (UPDATE) Six people died after a passenger bus collided with a van along Maharlika Highway in Barangay Bacolod, Juban, Sorsogon past 4 a.m. on Sunday.
All passengers of the van, including the driver, died in the accident and were brought to Irosin District Hospital.
The victims were identified as van driver Rosalito Mailig, and his passengers Alfredo Manansala, Jaime Malabanan, Levy Erasga and Vicente Clarito -- all members of the Calamba Pastor Alliance.
They reportedly came from relief operations in Tacloban City and were already on their way home to Laguna when the accident happened.
Also included among the fatalities was Danilo Montefalcon, the driver of the Fortune Star bus, which was en route to Guian, Samar from Manila. He was crushed at the driver’s seat and died on the spot.
Initial investigation by the Juban Philippine National Police (PNP) showed that the van was traveling at a high speed on the opposite lane before the collision.
Juban PNP PO3 Jose Destacamento said the bus driver tried to maneuver the vehicle to avoid the collision, but it was too late as the van was travelling very fast.
"Base po sa initial investigation ng Juban police station, bali po yung may kasalanan, yung SUV. Sa interview namin sa mga saksi at pasahero, mabilis po yung patakbo ng SUV na galing sa Matnog at papunta sana ng Laguna. Nang makita po ng bus driver [yung van], iiwas po sana siya, at saka ibinaba na niya yung sasakyan niya sa bahaging gilid ng kalsada. Subalit po, sa bilis ng takbo ng SUV nahagip pa rin ito at sumalpok sa unahan mismo ng bus," Destacamento said.
The bus conductor confirmed the initial findings and recalled the van wiggling while traveling fast before the accident.
The rescue of the other passengers lasted more than two hours.
Destacamento said five passengers of the bus who were hurt were immediately brought to the Sorsogon Provincial Hospital.
He also said the management of the Fortune Star bus has already sent someone to the assist their passengers who are among victims of the accident.
Authorities said an investigation on the accident was still underway, as of posting. – with reports from Dennis Datu, dzMM and Karren Canon, ABS-CBN News Bicol