1 injured as truck dives into rice field

May Diez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 04 2017 08:19 PM | Updated as of May 04 2017 08:20 PM

Workers remove sacks of cement from a truck which fell into a rice field in Butuan City. May Diez, ABS-CBN News

BUTUAN CITY – A truck loaded with sacks of cement collided with a motorcycle after trying to avoid another vehicle, and landed in a rice field here, Thursday morning.

The truck, driven by Roberto Sta. Iglesia III, crashed through a sidewalk along the road, and landed in a rice field along the National Highway in Barangay Dumalagan, Butuan City. 

According to Sta. Iglesia, he had no choice but to swerve to the left lane after a vehicle going in the opposite direction made a U-turn without using signal lights. 

Sta. Iglesia also said that his brakes malfunctioned, resulting in a collision with the motorcycle driven by Hermie Ballar.

Sta. Iglesia sustained bruises and complained of neck pain due to the strong impact of his vehicle landing in the rice field. Ballar sustained a leg injury. Responding police brought them to the nearest hospital.

The police have yet to determine if Ballar will file a complaint against Sta. Iglesia. If so, he will face charges of reckless imprudence resulting to serious physical injuries and damage to property.