THREE minors were killed while three others were seriously wounded in Sta. Cruz, Manila, after being hit by a speeding train as they, in an apparent fit of drunkenness, decided to sleep right on the railroad tracks after a drinking session also held there earlier.
Dead on the spot were Andrea Regino, 13, a Grade 7 student at the Recto High School and residing at M. Dela Fuente corner Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard in Sampaloc; and a certain ‘Jane’, aged between 12 and 13 years old. Sandy Guillen, also aged 13, a Grade V student at the Corazon Elementary School and residing on Jose Basa Street Tondo, meantime, died while receiving treatment in a hospital due to wounds sustained in the head.
Now under observation were Anthony de Mesa, 12, a Grade 4 student at the Mariano Ponce Elementary School and residing on Antipolo Street in Sta. Cruz, whose legs were both amputated; and Joshua Nepomuceno, 12, an out-of-school youth (OSY) residing at 565 Geronimo St., Sampaloc, who sustained wounds in the head and whose left hand also had to be amputated.
Victim Jennyrace Eugenio, 13, also an OSY, of 1846 Prudencia St., Dagupan, Tondo, remains in a hospital due to wounds in the head and thighs.
Prober SPO1 Richard Borbon stated in his report to Senior Insp. Arnold Sandoval, chief of the Investigation Unit of the Manila Police District-Traffic Enforcement Group, that the accident took place at 5:15 a.m. at the southbound lane of the railroad tracks located in front of house numbers 1864 and 1865 on Antipolo Street in Sta. Cruz.
The said minors were reportedly having a drinking spree right on the railroad tracks when Philippine National Railways security guard drove them away. Moments later, however, when the guard had left, the victims went back and continued their drinking session.
John Ace Awitan, 15, a first year high school student at the Rajah Sulayman High and residing on M. Hizon Street in Sta. Cruz, and the lone survivor who was unscathed, told probers that he was also drinking with the victims when they decided to sleep on the tracks.
The PNR driver was identified as Joel Bolo and the mechanic as Berjerio Suarez.