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One killed, 10 injured in mishaps


One died and 10 were injured in vehicular accidents in the towns of Murcia and Ilog in Negros Occidental, Sunday.

A collision between a military vehicle, a “carry”, and a car resulted in injuries to six “Carry” passengers, including a 1-year-old baby, and their driver in Purok Sambag, Barangay Lopez Jaena in Murcia, at about 12:15 p.m. Sunday.

Injured were Romeo Opilario, 77, Elina Opilario, 44, Rhea Opilario, 50, Thea Mae Opilario, 18, Norland Malagan, 33, the minor, and their driver Ariel Opilario, 45, a police report said.

They were brought to the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center.

Traffic investigation showed that the KM450 Army vehicle driven by TSgt. Bonifacio Silvano, 43, was travelling east of the place when he bumped the rear of the Carry of Ariel Opilario, that was travelling in the same direction.

The carry then turned turtle, while the military vehicle continued running and hit the rear portion of the Honda City car of Albert Rivera, 55, of Mabalacat City, Pampanga, the police said.

The vehicles involved in the accident were damaged, while Silvano was detained at the Murcia Police Station.

Meanwhile, the driver of a tricycle died, while three of his passengers were injured when they fell into the overflow in Sitio Binalawan, Barangay Balicotoc in Ilog town, at about 11 p.m. Sunday.

Romeo Gegato, 22, was declared dead on arrival at the Lorenzo D. Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, a police report said.

Gegato’s passengers Mady Carominis, 19, Rico Galarosa, 19, and Wennie Cabaña Jr., 26, were also brought to the LDZDH, where they are still recuperating, police records show.

Investigation showed that the Kawasaki Bajaj motorcycle of the victims came from Sitio Carawinan, Barangay Magballo in Kabankalan and was heading to Candoni in the province, when Gegato lost control of the vehicle and fell it into the overflow in the area.*


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