By JOEY NACALABAN
SIXTEEN people were hurt when a van they were riding fell into a road excavation near a bridge in Barra, Opol town, Misamis Oriental on Wednesday night.
S/Sgt. Dennis Palangpangan of the Bulua police station said the Hyundai van, bearing license plates MBU-259 and driven by Rabie Elbambo, was east-bound when it figured in the accicent.
Palangpangan said the accident was caused by a motorcycle driver who made a U-turn and then breached the van’s lane.
He said the 32-year-old Elbambo from Balingasag town avoided the motorcycle by swerving the van to the right, hitting the center island and then falling into the excavation.
Police are trying to identify the motorcycle driver who fled after the accident.
Rushed to the hospital were Elbambo and his relatives Janna Marie,15; Mary Jane, 48; Rosejalin, 8; Vivian, 49; Rafael, 2, all from Barangay Lingaongao, Balingasag town.
Others hurt were Alicia Agbalog, 61; Antonnette Jane Simbahon, 17; Rey Jazen Tamayo, 40;
Evejun Fontanilla, 47; Riza Fontanilla, 42; John Ray Fontanilla, 14; John Mark Fontanilla,7; Kristel Jane Fontanilla, 6; and Esrael Fontanilla, 2; and Sendo Bullante, 30, of Barangay Nahalinan, Jasaan town.
Meanwhile in Gingoog, a young man died while a police officer was hospitalized when their motorcycles collided on the highway Wednesday evening.
Lt.Col. Ariel Philip Pontillas, Gingoog police chief, identified the fatality as Mark Jun Amba, 28, of Barangay Sapong, Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental.
The police officer was identified as M/Sgt. Arvie Cainoy of the Medina police station.
Pontillas said Amba was heading to the Gingoog city proper while Cainoy was driving towards the Medina police station when the accident happened.
Witnesses said Amba was overtaking another vehicle when he collided with the Cainoy’s oncoming motorcycle.
Police said Amba was not wearing a helmet, and he died because of a head injury.