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3 killed, 6 hurt in road mishap

Three people were killed and six seriously wounded, in a collision involving two motorcycles and a sedan, at the national highway in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, at about 6:45 a.m. yesterday.

The Tanjay police identified the fatalities as Memita Borromeo Fernandez and Restituto Gorneo, who both died on the spot, and Agusto Buquiran, who dies while being treated in a hospital in Dumaguete City. No other details were released by the police.

The injured were named as Michael Sibala, 33; Niña Janet Miraflor, 31; Donna May Siwa, 31; Pierre Albert Muñoz, 34; who were onboard the Toyota sedan; Marissa and Alberto, surnamed Cabcaban, and residents of Tanjay City, a police report said.

PO3 Marlo Ragay, of the Tanjay Police Station, said initial investigation, showed that the sedan was heading toward Tanjay from Dumaguete, when it collided with a Racal motorcycle, driven by Marissa, with Alberto and Fernandez as riders, in Barangay Tugas, Tanjay.

The motorcycle allegedly appeared suddenly on the national highway from Crossing Puyao, the police said.

The sedan, driven by Sibala, hit the Racal motorcycle from behind, before the car collided with the Honda 125 cc, driven by Buquiran with Gorneo as backrider, coming from the opposite direction.

Ragay said the car was reportedly running fast and that, after it hit the two motorcycles, it crashed into an acacia tree on the side of the highway. Its passengers were rushed to a hospital in Dumaguete, and Siwa was still at the intensive care unit as of presstime, he added.

The Tanjay police is still investigating to determine who is responsible for the accident.*JFP


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