ZAMBOANGA CITY – More than a dozen people, including a pregnant woman, were injured after a bus fell in a ravine in the town of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, police said Thursday.
Cynthia Cichon, 21, who is eight months pregnant, and another passenger, Elezar Probitso, 26, were seriously injured. The bus, owned by Rural Transit, was traveling to Zamboanga City from Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur.
Police said the 47-year-old driver Felix Lumosad tried to pass a motorcycle in the village of Tenan, but swerved to avoid another bus on the opposite lane.
Lumosad surrendered to the police after the accident, according to Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman.
Huesca said policemen who responded to the accident, rushed the injured passengers to the hospital.
Police identified the wounded passengers as Neil Villota, 40; Manilyn Luod, 47; Ramon Balagosa, 67; Maggen Macario, 3; Alberto Nuñez, 27; Manilyn Macario, 24; Pacita Sagrado, 47; Berminda Illosgiun, 51; Bernardita Barrico, 69; Dante Abarico, 57; Hilda Tareg, 38; Romeo Abugatal, 38; Genevieve Espina, 23; Bonamie Abejar, 22; John Arang, 30; Rachel Adem, 41; and Liza Baclayon, 23.