Twenty-six passengers, some of them college students, were injured when the jeepney they were riding fell into a roadside canal at the national highway in Brgy. Calumangan, Bago City, Negros Occidental, past 8 a.m. yesterday.
Traffic investigator Police Officer 2 Roel Perenio said fare collector Edwin Mellizo, 19, of Brgy. Ubay along with passengers Chander Yen Mondia, 17, of Brgy. Tagda, Christy Joy Estares, 16, of Brgy. Zone 5, Ray Roquero, 55, of Brgy. Tapong, Jerimy Arimay 19, of Brgy. Zone 2 and Zenaida Pandro, of Brgy. Tapong, all of Pulupandan town, Negros Occidental, were rushed to the Bago District Hospital.
Other passengers who were treated at the Bacolod City Adventists Medical Center, were identified as Gideon Enrico, 20, Edjohn Alfar, 17, and Dianne Dumalaos, 24, of Brgy. Canjusa, Joelen Tablatin, 19, Rose Joy Sibolinao, Andyvon Bravo, 22 and his father Esmeraldo Bravo, 54, of Brgy. Zone 2, Ronnie Escamilla, 51, Ronnie Escamilla, 51 and Dionelo Casiano, 28, of Purok Zone 4, Lezil Ann Garido, 18, of Mansanilla Street, Neliza Caltibar, 27, of Brgy. Patik and Wennie Rose Cartel of Brgy. Ubay, also of Pulupandan town.
Also treated at the same hospital were Raffy Lacambra, 37 and Dexter Magallanes, 32 of Brgy. Poblacion and Michelle Remegio, 22, Anna Corina Dequilla, 17 and Angeline Pahilanga, 19, of Brgy. Sampinit, Bago City, Princess Pabito, 14 and her mother Venus Pabito, 40, of Brgy. Zone 15, Talisay City, Perenio also said.
He added that Sibolinao needs surgery for her fractured left arm. Most of the other passengers sustained only minor injuries and have been released from the hospital.
Driver Reymark Amarila, 20, of Purok Zone 6, Pulupandan said he lost control of the jeep while trying to overtake a truck, causing it to swerve on the right side of the road and fall into the canal.
They were on their way to Bacolod City when the accident happened, Amarila said.
Amarila is now detained at the Bago City police station and will only be released if none of the passengers will file charges for reckless imprudence resulting in multiple physical injuries against him.
The owner of the jeep, identified as Gary Jacildo also of Pulupandan, assured that he will shoulder the hospital expenses of the injured passengers.
Perenio said the area where the mishap happened is considered accident-prone because the road is wide.*APN