Two men died shortly after the motorcycle and bicycle they were driving collided along the national highway in Barangay Anislag, Maribojoc town early dawn on Monday while 12 persons were also hurt in another road mishap in Barangay Mansasa, Tagbilaran City.
In the first accident, a motorcycle rider and a bicycle rider both died on the spot after colliding head on at around 2:45 in morning Monday, while the motorcycle’s backrider is also harmed.
The fatalities were identified as one John Paul Sefuentes, the motorcycle rider who was 18 years old, and a resident of Barangay Ubayanon, Loon and one Eduardo Sayson, 59-year old cyclist from Barangay San Vicente, Maribojoc.
Sefuentes’ backrider, Roberto Palma, 17 years old and resident of Barangay Biasong, Loon, sustained various injuries after being thrown off the motorcycle and was rushed to the Maribojoc Community Hospital.
Police Captain Luciano Fuentes, chief of the Maribojoc Police Station told dyRD Balita that Sayson was on his way to Maribojoc town center on his mountain bike while Sefuentes and Palma were going to Loon onboard the motorcycle.
Initial police investigation bared that the motorcycle driver swerved through the opposite lane and hitting the bicycle rider.
The victims were all rushed to the Maribojoc Community Hospital but both drivers were declared dead on arrival.
According to P/Capt. Fuentes, Sefuentes, aside from driving without license, had no helmet on including his backrider.
In the second incident, a jeepney with 11 passengers on the way to Sevilla fell off the cliff along V.P. Inting Street in Barangay Mansasa, Tagbilaran City at around 11:30 in the morning Monday when its driver allegedly lost control of the wheel.
The 11 passengers and the driver identified as Jeramer Calipusan, 37, all injured from the crash were rescued by emergency responders from Tarsier 117 and the Tagbilaran City Fire Station.
The jeepney reportedly had engine trouble while it was traversing down the descending portion of V.P. Inting Street before crashing the cliffside barrier and falling over the cliff. (KB)