11-year-old girl killed, 17 injured in bus crash in Iloilo province
The online news portal of TV5
ILOILO CITY - An 11-year-old girl was killed and 17 other passengers were injured late Sunday afternoon when the driver of the bus they were riding crashed against a tree in an attempt to avoid hitting an old man in Barangay Luca, Ajuy, Iloilo.
The Ajuy police identified the lone fatality as Sheryn Buendia of North Baluarte, Molo, Iloilo City.
The victim was with her mother, who was among the injured aboard the ill-fated Ceres bus.
Police said two units of Vallacar Transit were tailing each other on their way to their respective destinations toward northern Iloilo when the accident took place.
Alcon Aldea, the driver of the Ceres bus ahead, said they were on their way from Iloilo City to Lemery, Iloilo when an elderly suddenly crossed the highway along Barangay Luca, Ajuy town.
He stepped on the brake to avoid hitting the old man but he lost control of the wheel and the bus veered to its side before it crashed against the mahogany tree on the roadside.
After hitting the tree, the vehicle ended up in the middle of the road where it rested on its side.
The victim, who was sitting next to the bus driver, was thrown out of the bus.
Seeing the incident, the 33-year-old Roel Borlado, who was driving the Ceres bus tailing behind Aldea’s, immediately stepped on the brake but he too lost control of the vehicle which also hit the tree beside the road.
Injured passengers were rushed to the nearby hospital in Barotac Viejo town for treatment.
PO3 Giselle Igbaras of Ajuy police believed the Ceres bus driven by Aldea was speeding when the incident happened.
But Aldea, who hails from Balasan, Iloilo, said it was raining heavily in the area and the road was slippery.
Both Aldea and Borlado were detained at the Ajuy police station.
Borlado was released but Aldea is still in police custody for further investigation.