BUTUAN CITY - An 83-year-old woman died after an SUV hit a trailer truck along the national highway in Purok 3, Barangay Los Angeles, Butuan City Sunday night.
The fatality was identified as Elena Jardinico. Three other passengers, identified as Rosmar Tabanao, Julimae Albupera and Julieto Albupera, the driver of the SUV, were seriously injured.
The SUV had 14 passengers most of whom were minors who came from a birthday party and a church fellowship in Cabadbaran.
Police said the SUV was heading back to Butuan City when it overtook a motorcycle, accidentally hit the left side of the trailer truck, which then caused the SUV to flip over.
The victims were rescued and rushed to the nearest hospital.
Jemrey Egmilan, driver of the trailer truck, voluntarily surrendered to authorities and blamed the SUV driver for the accident.
Both parties reached an amicable settlement in which the owner of the trailer truck gave an initial amount intended for the medical expenses of the victims.