9 dead, 9 hurt in NE smash-up


    SCIENCE CITY OF MUÑOZ, Nueva Ecija – Nine persons, including all three drivers and a couple, died while nine others were injured when a tanker collided with two other vehicles along the national highway in an ill-fated vehicular accident in this city early yesterday morning.

    Police identified the fatalities as Leoncio Pajarillo, 39, and his wife Evangeline Pajarillo, 41, both of Villa Javier, Bantug, Munoz; Donatella Aquino of Maguinling, Piat, Cagayan; Sylvino Marzo of Banitbet, Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya; Ryan Camaging of 186 Roosevelt, Quezon City; Marife Cale Bondoc, of Tanza, Cavite; and three other unidentified female passengers.

    They were all brought to the Muñoz Funeral Parlor for autopsy.

    Injured were Rolando Cotanes, of Maguinling, Piat, Cagayan; Maria Rowena Dacanay of Pugoncino, Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya; Arthur Antonio Solinas, 45, of Sta Maria, Nueva Vizcaya; Juan Lima Taguilan, 70, of Enrile, Cagayan; Araceli Medina, Jone Audalang, Arthur Calinas of Sta Maria, Isabela; Elvino Bajinang of Juan, Cagayan and Alama Sansano of Bayombong, Nueva Viscaya.

    They were brought to hospitals in San Jose City, Munoz and in Cabanatuan for treatment.

    The accident took place at around 2:30 a.m. yesterday along the Maharlika Highway at Purok Curva, Barangay Bantug here when the three vehicles – a Honda motorcycle, an Isuzu  gasoline tanker and a Victory Liner bus collided with each other.

    Initial police investigation said that the bus, with license plate CWR-195 and driven by Camaging was travelling to Cabanatuan City when it lost control and hit the motorcycle from behind. The motorcycle, with license plate YZ-5358 and driven by Pajarillo fell by its side.

    When Camaging turned the bus’ steering wheel to its left, it collided with the gas tanker (license plate CWR-195) driven by Marzo head-on.

    The impact of the collision totally wrecked the two vehicles.

    Others who sustained only minor injuries or were completely unhurt went on with their travel to their destination.


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