TACLOBAN CITY – Four persons died during a funeral procession when they were hit by a rampaging dump track in a hilly village in Naval, Biliran last Thursday morning.
Two of the mourners died on the spot while the two others died while being treated at the Biliran Provincial Hospital, SPO1 Allan Asodisen, officer-on-case, said during a telephone interview.
Killed on the spot were Wilfredo Bernal, 42, and Rolando Navarro, 32, drivers of the two motorcycles hit by the dump track driven by Bernard Catantan, 30. The two sustained serious head injuries which resulted to their instant deaths.
The other fatalities of last Thursday’s road mishap were identified by Asodisen as Cleofe Narido, 54 and Marcial Pacupayos, 52. Both died at the Biliran Provincial Hospital while being treated due to severe head injuries.
In critical condition at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical center, this city, is Domingo Pacupayos, 37, for the serious head injuries he suffered. Navarro’s wife, Emma, 32, broke her right arm due to the incident and is still confined at the Biliran Provincial Hospital, some eight kilometers away from the scene of the incident.
It was learned from Asodisen that the fatalities together with other relatives and friends were on their way to bury a relative when the accident took place in sitio Basillo, Brgy. Capiñahan around 8:45 a.m.
The public cemetery is located in Brgy. Lungsungon which was about two kilometers away from Capiqahan, the police officer said.
The driver of the dump track, Catantan, surrendered to the police authorities, Asodisen said.
Charges of multiple homicide and serious physical injuries were now being readied by them which are to be filed before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.
Based on their initial investigation, the victims were part of a funeral procession when the dump truck driven by Catantan suffered loose breaks, hitting the two motorcycles which were ahead of him.
The road was hilly and sharp, the police officer said, adding that the driver of the dump track tried to overtake the group which resulted for the vehicle to hit the two motorcycles.
“The driver, who was on his way down, first attempted to swerve to the left side but later maneuvered his way to the right side of the road where the two motorcycles were located, hitting the victims along the way,” Asodisen said.
The incident instantly resulted to the deaths of Bernal and Navarro, the drivers of the motorcycles as they sustained severe injuries to their heads.
The dump track was on its way to the nearby town of Leyte-Leyte to deliver sand and gravel materials. The vehicle was said to be owned by one Elizer Unay of Catarman, Northern Samar.
By JOEY A. GABIETA