BACOLOD CITY: Four people died while 43 others were injured when two Ceres Liner buses rammed into each other along the national highway in Barangay Sto. Niño, E.B. Magalona town in Negros Occidental Wednesday morning.
As of 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the police was able to identify only two fatalities, bus conductor Ronnie Javarro of Victorias City and Nina Paceno, 19, a pharmacy student of Colegio de San Agustin-Bacolod.
The four succumbed to multiple body injuries.
Initially, Senior Insp. Conrado Rances, chief of E.B. Magalona Municipal Police Station, said six died immediately, but the two others were actually still alive and were brought to the hospital along with the 43 injured.
Investigation showed that Ceres Liner bus 5126 bound to Escalante City from Bacolod City, driven by Leo Ciocon, 40, of Talisay City, attempted to overtake another vehicle, but he failed, causing the bus to overturn in the middle of the road.
An approaching Ceres Liner bus 5169, bound to Bacolod from Victorias, collided with the felled bus, and it also fell on its side.
The driver of the first bus is now in police custody while the second driver was invited for questioning, Rances said.