Four persons died in vehicular accidents Saturday in E.B. Magalona and Murcia, Negros Occidental, police records show.
Three of the four victims were declared dead on arrival at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, and the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City.
The other one also died later at the regional hospital in Bacolod City.
They were identified as Ramy Jarder and Joel Bermejo, both 29 years old and residents of cities of Sagay and Escalante, and motorcycle driver Jefferson Sabug,45, by Traffic Investigators PO1 Bernard Barquilla and PO3 Ernie Makilan.
Barquilla said Jessryl Baron also died while his two other companions, identified as Noel Temblor and Armando Feliciano, who were also hurt, survived.
Investigations of the E.B. Magalona police showed that the Fuzo Canter driven by Temblor, with Jarder, Bermejo, Baron and Feliciano as passengers, slammed into the rear portion of the stalled cargo truck loaded with sugarcane near the Malogo bridge in Brgy. Pasil of the town.
Barquilla said the driver of the stalled cargo truck who had abandoned it, failed to put up an early warning device, and this, he added, could be among the factors that led to the vehicular accident.
Sabug, meanwhile, also died in a hospital, after his motorcycle figured in a collision with a passenger vehicle in Brgy. Salvacion, Murcia, Makilan said.
He, however, said that there is an ongoing settlement between the driver and owner of the passenger vehicle, Wilfredo Belonio, and the family of Sabug. *GPB