Vehicular accidents in Pontevedra and Cauayan, Negros Occidental, claimed the lives of a driver and his helper, and injuries of four others Saturday, police records show.
Senior Inspector Vanessa Sonoy, Pontevedra police chief, identified the two fatilities as cargo truck driver Julius Ponting, 35, and his helper, Jose Aurelio, of Magallon Cadre in Moises Padilla.
Ponting, who was driving a cargo truck, and his helper, were allegedly racing with another truck, when the accident took place early Saturday morning at Hacienda Soledad, Brgy. Don Salvador Benedicto in Pontevedra town, police investigations showed.
Sonoy said the cargo truck driven by Ponting, who outmaneuvered the other truck, slammed into the concrete fence of a bodega and fell into a canal, that resulted in his death, and that of his helper, who was brought to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Regional Hospital in Bacolod City, .
On the same day, four persons were also injured in a collision of two vehicles in Brgy. Mambugsay, Cauayan.
SPO4 Alvin Cuenca, Cauayan deputy police chief, yesterday said a Sports Utility Vehicle reportedly owned by a certain Dr. Javellana, with five passengers, collided with a Fuzo Canter truck.
Cuenca said the four injured passengers of the two vehicles were taken to hospitals in Bacolod City.
He, however, said the SUV of Javellana was almost a total wreck from the impact of collision.*GPB