Folks vandalize bus after fatal motorbike collision in Tabuk; 1 dead, 3 hurt

>> Monday, November 20, 2023

By Ruth Cupang

TABUK CITY -- Enraged residents vandalized a Victory Liner Royal Class Sleeper bus after it crashed into a motorcycle, killing one of its passengers here Nov. 12.
    The bus driven by Diosdado Valdez, 48, was headed to Cubao when the accident took place.
    A police report said the bus was attempting to overtake a motorcycle with four people — a couple and their two children — on board at an intersection when the motorcycle suddenly made a left turn.
    Valdez said he was unable to apply brakes in time as the bus hit the motorcycle, which he claimed did not make a left turn signal.
    Eyewitnesses reported several angry residents attacked the bus and tried to break its windshield by throwing stones and other hard objects.
    Fearing for his life, the driver remained inside the bus until authorities arrived.
    Col. Freddie Lasona, director of Kalinga Provincial Police Office, identified the fatality as Joy Balwog Alos, 49, a resident of Dananao, Lacnong East, Tabuk City.
    The motorcycle driver, Daniel Alos, 46, and his children, ages 10 and 8, suffered injuries and were brought to the hospital.
    The damaged Victory Liner bus was impounded at the provincial police headquarters for safekeeping, while the driver was held at the Tabuk City Police Station for investigation.
    The Victory Liner management has yet to release a statement on the incident.


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