One died as Army truck collides with a passenger van in Mindoro
POSTED: Saturday, January 7th, 2012
CALAPAN CITY – A public school principal was killed while two were seriously injured as a running Philippine Army truck collided head-on with a speeding passenger van in Victoria town, Oriental Mindoro, at dawn of Wednesday (January 4).
According to the report gathered from the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Victoria municipality, identified as killed during the said vehicular accident was a Maribel Castillo, reportedly a principal from a public school in San Teodoro, said province.
Castillo was said to be accompanying her students in going to Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro to attend an ongoing provincial schools’ press conference when the incident happened. No one from among her students on board the involved van was reportedly injured.
However, seven passengers of the military truck which the van collided along the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) in Brgy. Pakyas, Victoria, three of them Army soldiers, were injured during the accident happened at about 4:30 AM of January 4.
In an incident report furnished to The STAR by a Capt. Gregorio De Guzman of 203rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army based in Naujan, Oriental Mindoro, it was learned that while the said six-wheeler Army truck was traversing the highway going to their brigade headquarters in Naujan town, it accidentally hit a van full of passengers.
In the process, passengers of the truck, identified as Army Corporal Eddie Cenal, PFCs Glen Gloterte and Raffy Magdasal and civilians Adones Dorgas, Rene Tajay, Rene Giray and Ernesto Rocela. Jr., were either pinned down of thrown out of their vehicles.
Two of the injured soldiers were in serious condition and still in comatose as of presstime. They were airlifted by a military chopper and are now being treated at the V. Luna Veterans’ Memorial Hospital, according to the latest military report.
Witnesses told newsmen that the van appeared to be speeding when it collided with the truck. The said passenger van, reportedly full of passengers mostly students and teachers who were said to be going to attend a school journalism activity, was severely damaged.
The killed school principal was already brought to a funeral parlor in this city while the other injured passengers from both vehicles were treated to the provincial hospital and a private clinic here.(By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)