Bus Falls Into River; 7 hurt

Seven persons were injured when the bus they were riding to Bagamanoc fell into a shallow part of the river along the national road in Kilikilihan, San Miguel last June 21.

Catanduanes PNP provincial director Senior Superintendent Lito Pitallano identified those brought to the Viga district hospital as Teresita Peña of Sta. Teresa, Bagamanoc; Cylamie Tuquero of Burgos, Viga; Winnie Olesco of Roxas, Viga; Lenlen Villacorta of Bagamanoc; and, three unnamed members of the Llamera family from Panganiban town. They fortunately suffered only minor injuries, according to the police, who quoted officials at the Viga district hospital.

The report said the “Blem-Blem” bus owned by the family of Bagamanoc Mayor Odilon Pascua was traveling from Virac when at 12:45 P.M., the kingpin of its steering mechanism was accidentally detached, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The heavy bus went off the road and fell straight down a 10–meter embankment, with its nose resting below the water. Bystanders said had it overturned, there would have been fatalities.

Source: Catanduanes Tribune