1 dead in 2 Southern Star buses accidents

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1 dead in 2 Southern Star buses accidents

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BUS RAMMED INTO MOTORCYCLE. Photo above shows a Southern Star Bus accident along national road in the village of San Pascual in Ubay. The bus-motorcycle accident caused the motorcycle driver’s death and injured passenger according to Ubay police report.
BUS RAMMED INTO MOTORCYCLE. Photo above shows a Southern Star Bus accident along national road in the village of San Pascual in Ubay. The bus-motorcycle accident caused the motorcycle driver’s death and injured passenger according to Ubay police report.

After a freak accident involving a Southern Star Bus Transit, Inc. unit on Thursday morning, another bus of the company ran over a man whose motorcycle slipped and flipped to its side on the same day at 7:30 p.m.

The victim, identified as 27-year-old Gino Ybañes, a resident of Brgy. Poblacion, Ubay was killed in the accident which took place along the national road in the village of San Pascual in the said town, police said.

The victim’s passenger, 22-year-old Jocelyn Curan, a resident of Brgy. Cabatang, Alicia managed to jump from the ill-fated motorcycle.

She narrated that Ybañes lost control of the motorcycle upon making a sharp turn in the said barangay causing it to crash.

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While Curan was able to move aside, Ybañes was stuck beneath the motorcycle as the Ceres bus was approaching.

The driver of the bus with body number 12141, Enrique Tagapulutan, reportedly did not notice right away Ybañes who laid on the road as it was dark and the victim was situated after a sharp turn.

Ybañes suffered severe injuries and reportedly died on the spot.

Following the incident, Ubay police took into custody Tagapulutan pending the decision of the victim’s kin to file a case against the driver.

According to PO3 Leodegario Cajes Jr., Ubay traffic investigator, Tagapulutan was in possession of complete documents including a driver’s license.

Earlier on Thursday, a Southern Star bus flipped over to its side along the national road in Garcia Hernandez after it went beyond the paved road and on soft soil which could not hold the vehicle’s weight.

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Three women who suffered minor cuts were taken to the hospital and were immediately discharged.

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Three women suffered minor injuries while the rest of the passengers got out of the bus unharmed as it slowly tilted over on a rice paddy early morning on Thursday.

All three injured passengers who suffered minor cuts were taken to the hospital and have already been discharged.

According to the Garcia Hernandez police, the accident took place along the national road in Barangay West Canayaon of the said town after a commuter hailed the bus.

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The driver reportedly stopped partly on top of soft soil which eroded causing the bus to flip to its side.

Authorities speculated that rains which started the night before the accident caused the soil to soften and erode under the moving bus

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The incident sparked a number of  comments on social media anew as a Southern Star Bus figured in yet  another accident.

However, the previous accident was believed to have been caused by human error or a technical malfunction.

The previous incident took place in Dimiao on March 22, 2016.

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