3 hurt after bus rams into passengers at Dumaguete terminal

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 05 2022 06:22 PM | Updated as of Jul 05 2022 10:05 PM

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Courtesy: Bayan Patroller Jeka Dela Cerna

MANILA (UPDATED) — Three people were hurt after a bus rammed into some waiting passengers at a terminal in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental on Tuesday.

The victims, all siblings aged 7, 12, and 14, were rushed to a nearby hospital where they were being treated for their injuries. 

Initial police reports said the bus, driven by Joebie Lajot, was positioning itself into a parking slot when it overshot and struck passengers waiting for their trip.

Candelario Lumada, manager of the bus company's branch in Dumaguete City, said they are still waiting for the results of the police investigation before taking any action against the driver.

As of writing, Lajot is under police custody while authorities investigate the incident.

In a statement, Vallacar Transit said it is taking care of the injured and is covering the expenses of their medical treatment. 

They also said their driver, Lajot, has been with the company for 15 years and has no record of major accidents.

"Prior to the accident, the said driver was awarded with a 'zero accident incentive,'" it said.

"Again, our sincerest apologies to the families of the injured and the riding public for causing undue distress. Vallacar Transit, Inc. will continue to serve the riding public with utmost regards to their safety and security," it also said.

Bayan Patroller Jeka dela Cerna captured the scenes of the incident and the commotion that followed.

She had been waiting for a bus bound for Guihulngan City in northern Negros Oriental when the incident took place.

“Nanginginig lang ako lalo na iyong pagkakita ko sa mga taong naipit," she said.

(I was shaking, especially when I saw the people who got stuck.)

— with reports from Annie Perez, Raffy Cabristante, and Cielo Gonzales, ABS-CBN News