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2 die, 10 hurt as Ceres bus falls into ravine

/ 03:00 PM May 06, 2011

Bacolod City — At least two persons were killed and 10 others were wounded on Wednesday night when a bus fell into a ravine on the outskirts of San Carlos City in Negros Occidental. Five or six passengers were unaccounted for.

One of the fatalities was Teodoro Aburido, driver of the Ceres Liner bus, which was headed for San Carlos from Bacolod when it plunged into a ravine past 8 p.m. in sitio Dukog-dukog, barangay Rizal, in San Carlos.

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Chief Insp. Victorino Romanillos, acting chief of the San Carlos police, said they had yet to identify the second fatality.

He said the authorities were still searching for about five to six passengers who remained missing.

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Police said there were 21 people on board—18 passengers, the driver, a bus inspector and a conductor.

The Ceres bus with body number 5229 left Bacolod past 5 p.m. through Don Salvador Benedicto town.

When it reached Dukog-dukog, the bus fell into a ravine that was at least 60 meters deep.

The police have yet to determine the cause of the accident but passengers told radio dyEZ Aksyon Radyo that they noticed the headlights of the bus had gone out at least four times while they were travelling through the foggy road.

Yet, they said, Aburido continued driving until the bus fell into the ravine.

Romanillos said members of various rescue groups in San Carlos City and San Carlos policemen immediately went to the scene to rescue the passengers.

Among the 10 passengers who were wounded was PO3 Edsel Villanueva, a member of the Calatrava Police Station.

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Romanillos said four of those wounded were taken to two hospitals in San Carlos City but were later transferred to medical facilities in Bacolod. /INQUIRER

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