A tourist van driver was killed while over 12 people were injured in two accidents including a consequent head-on collision between an ambulance transporting two victims and a truck on Wednesday.
The fatality, Noel Cuajao, 46, was being transported while still alive to Tagbilaran City on board the ill-fated ambulance after the van he was driving smashed into a bus in Barangay Bon-bon Loboc past 3 p.m.
While zooming through Loay from Loboc, the ambulance reportedly collided head-on with a Canter truck as both vehicles attempted to overtake cars in front of them.
The collision apparently aggravated Cuajao’s and the other victimâ€™s injuries while ambulance driver Rodolfo Lim and rescuers Jeremy Lim, Jose Alito Requeron and Christian Lito Sanchez were also severely hurt.
The said victims and the opposing truckâ€™s driver and passenger Romulo and Victoria Lagura were rushed to a hospital in Tagbilaran City.
However, Cuajao succumbed to his injuries at 8 p.m. on the same day.
Prior to the Loay incident, Cuajao, a Baclayon resident, was driving a Toyota Hi-ace heading towards Tagbilaran City when it collided into an Eagle Trans bus driven by Sergio Baja, 59, Loboc police said.
According to authorities, the collision took place at a sharp curve in Barangay Bonbon, Loboc.
The busâ€™s passengers only suffered minor cuts and bruises while Cuajao and his front seat passenger were severely injured.
Other passengers of the van identified as Grace Ela Aguila, 35; Alan Rex Mogul, 36; Victoria Aguila, 59; Lilibeth Pablio, 57; Florisse Pablio, 35; Gil Aguila, 63; Lorna Evangelista, 70; and Anita Mogul, 65, were also taken to the hospital.
Meanwhile, Cuajaoâ€™s family expressed intent to file charges against the bus and truck drivers, Romulo Lagura and Â Baja. (A. Doydora)