29 in­jured in Abor­lan road mishap

Palawan News - - FRONT PAGE - By Gil­lian Faye Ibañez Re­porter

Twenty-nine peo­ple suf­fered cuts and bruises when the RORO bus they were rid­ing rolled on its side Mon­day morn­ing af­ter ac­ci­den­tally col­lid­ing into a six-wheeler dump truck on the na­tional road in Barangay Plar­idel, Abor­lan town. In­spec­tor Benigno Conde, Abor­lan Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Sta­tion (MPS) chief, told Palawan News that the in­jured in­cludes se­nior cit­i­zens and chil­dren. He said the bus that is be­ing op­er­ated by RORO Bus Trans­port Ser­vices, Inc. (RBTSI) and the dump truck owned by Ma­casaet Builders and Trad­ing met the ac­ci­dent around 10:00 a.m. Conde said the bus came from Barangay Rio Tuba, Bataraza, and was on its way to Puerto Princesa City when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened. The dump truck, on the other hand, was on its way to Si­tio Valderama, Barangay Magsaysay, to un­load gravel and sand. “Pag­dat­ing niya (RORO bus) dito sa may Plar­idel, paglam­pas ng tu­lay, meron dyang tam­bakan ng mga graba [at] mga buhangin na pag-aari ng Ma­casaet Builders and Trad­ing. ‘Yong kani­lang im­bakan ay malapit lang sa tabing kalsada. Ang prob­lema ay walang spot­ter sa high­way, walang tu­mitin­gin kung may parat­ing. Ka­bi­laan da­pat may­roong spot­ter,” Conde said. He said the spot­ter is the ground guide when the driver or op­er­a­tor of heavy equip­ment such as the dump truck does not have a full view of the back­ing path or the road where it is go­ing to make a turn. Conde said the RORO bus fell on its side af­ter it hit the front of the six-wheeler dump truck near a bridge in Plar­idel. “Mabuti na lamang ay may barandilya (rail­ing) o ha­rang sa may tu­lay at hindi tu­luyang nahu­log ang bus sa ban­gin,” Conde said. “Dito sa record namin, sa nakuha namin na mga na­sug­atan, 28 plus ‘ yong driver ng RORO bus, mga 29. Base sa re­port mga gas­gas, bukol, pero wala na­mang se­ri­ous in­jury. Yong harap ng RORO, ‘yong salamin basag, kung tit­ing­nan mo nga ay medyo malala ang tama ng driver, pero awa ng Diyos hindi na­man siya masyadong nasak­tan,” he said. The vic­tims were rushed to the Abor­lan Medi­care Hos­pi­tal (AMH) for the treat­ment of their in­juries, he said. Conde de­clined to pro­vide the names of both driv­ers, claim­ing they are still fin­ish­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­gard­ing the ac­ci­dent. Mem­bers of the Bu­reau of Fire Pro­tec­tion (BFP), barangay of­fi­cials, and the Abor­lan Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion Of­fice (CDRRMO), ar­rived and moved the two ve­hi­cles to the side of the road to pre­vent an­other ac­ci­dent. “Man­gan­galap pa tayo [ng im­por­masyon] kung magpa-file sila ng de­manda bawat ka­bi­laang (kampo),” said Conde. He said any­one who will be found at fault be­tween the two driv­ers will be charged for reck­less im­pru­dence with dam­age to prop­erty and phys­i­cal in­jury.

“Pareho kasi si­lang may mali kung tit­ing­nan mo, may hu­man er­ror. Tit­ig­nan natin kung ano man ‘yong ma­pag-us­apan nila,” he added.

(Photo cour­tesy of Ash Vi­cen­cio)

Pas­sen­gers alight from the RORO bus that fell on its side Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 22, in Barangay Plar­idel, Abor­lan. Near his head.

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