AT LEAST nineteen people were killed while 40 others were injured in a multiple vehicle collision early dawn on Saturday along a national highway in Atimonan town, Quezon province, police reports said.
Initial reports reaching the Philippine National Police (PNP) national operations center in Camp Crame said that the collision involved three buses—Superline, Isarog (TYX-895), and DLTB (UYA-668)—two closed-type truck and a trailer truck and happened at about 1 a.m. on Saturday along Maharlika Highway in Barangay Catalino, Atimonan.
Senior Supt. Wilben Mayor, PNP Spokesman, revealed that the Superlines Bus was traveling along the diversion road on its way to Bicol province when its driver, Albert Nava, lost control of the of bus then collided with the incoming Isarog bus, DTLB bus, two closed type truck and a trailer truck, and hitting the rear wing part of the trailer truck.
The PNP spokesman said that of those killed, 12 of them reportedly died on the spot.
Eleven of those killed were identified as John Omar Repaso, 33; Nexter Camacho; Maria Teresa Diesmo, Perfecto Zano, Henry Maluluan, Ronnie Villeja, Noel Nuñez, Danilo Espencilla, Michael Villamor, Ivan Rajick and Muksan Seno.
Meanwhile, the injured were brought in different hospital in the provinces to be treated of their injuries.
The PNP official, quoting reports said that 15 passengers of the Superlines Bus were brought to the Doña Marta Memorial District Hospital; 19 were brought to Emil Joahna Hospital; seven to Gumaca District Hospital and five others were admitted in Hospital in Lucena City.
The police official said that elements of the Atimonan Municipal Police station are still conducting an investigation on the incident. ANTHONY VARGAS