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3 dead, 43 hurt in 2-bus collision

  • Written by Ruben A. Veloria
  • Published in Provincial
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SUBIC, Zambales -- Three shipyard workers were killed while 43 others were seriously injured in a vehicular accident involving two passenger buses in Bgy. Cawag, here, early yesterday morning.

In a report to Zambales police director Senior Supt. Christopher Mateo, Subic police head Chief Insp. Leonardo Madrid identified the fatalities as Roque Gallardo, 54, of Bgy. Nagbunga, and Ramil Valmocena, 36, of Bgy. Nagbayan, both in Castillejos, town; and Eugene Bacal, a native of Isabela province and worker of Hanjin Shipyard in Redondo Peninsula, Bgy. Cawag.
   
Initial investigation conducted by PO3 Roland Molino showed that at around 6 a.m. yesterday, a ZAMODCA bus (036402) driven by Gallardo was moderately traversing towards Hanjin Shipyard with 55 workers on board.
   
On the other lane was a Daewo bus (Angelica 888 Express) driven by Valmocena which had just dropped off passengers at the Hanjin Terminal and allegedly was “running at high speed” heading back to Subic Terminal to pick up other Hanjin workers.
   
While descending a curve, Valmocena lost control of the steering wheel due to slippery road as it was raining during that time and directly hit Gallardo’s bus head-on, tearing both buses’ front heads.
   
Due to the impact, Gallardo and passenger Bacal died on the spot while the other 43 passengers, who sustained injuries on the heads and other parts of their bodies, were brought to San Marcelino District Hospital, San Marcelino, where some are still under observation.
   
Meanwhile, Valmocena who was rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes International Medical Center in Olongapo City by a responding rescue unit was pronounced dead hours later by an attending physician.