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Ambulance kills 12-year-old
BY ADRIAN NEMES III

A 12-year-old girl died when a speeding ambulance bumped her in Cauayan town, Negros Occidental, Tuesday while three men injured when their canter truck fell into a canal in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City, on the same day.

The fatality was identified by Cauayan town police chief, Insp. Naser Canja, as Lynsie Rosal of Sitio Libun in Brgy. Tuyom in the town.

Initial investigation showed that the ambulance owned by the Municipality of Hinoba-an and driven by Nelson Pampliega Decena, 63, of Brgy. Bacuyangan of the same town, was heading north on the highway of Brgy. Tuyom when Rosal suddenly crossed the street.

Decena said he was on his way to Bacolod Cty to bring a 3-month-old baby to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital when the accident happened. He said he tried to avoid the victim but it was too late.

Decena brought Rosal to the Kabankalan City district Hospital, where she died while being treated. He surrendered to Police Station 2 in Bacolod after bringing the 3-month-old baby to CLMMRH.

He added that this is the first time that he has hit a pedestrian in his 19 years of being an ambulance driver.

Canja said the family of Rosal has already met with Decena, who is now in the custody of Cauayan town police, and signified that they are not interested in filing charges against him.

Meanwhile, Ranilo Mendoza of Cadiz City, Ronilo Dela Cruz, 48 of Brgy. Tadlong and his nephew Gary Dela Cruz, 19, of Hacienda Sangay, Sagay City were rushed to CLMMRH when the canter vehicle they were riding fell into a 3-foot canal near the Coca-Cola Bottlers Corp. plant in Brgy. Mansilingan at about 9 p.m. Tuesday night.

Gary dela Cruz, the driver of the canter with plate number YGT-455 said they were heading west of the Murcia road on their way to Bacolod when he tried to avoid a huge pile of sugarcane on the middle of the road.

He said he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to zigzag and overshoot a hump beside the road before it fell into the ravine.

A resident living nearby told the DAILY STAR that huge piles of sugarcane that fall from cargo trucks often cause accidents in the area as the place is not well lighted.*APN

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