Accident kills 3, injures 43 shipyard workers in Subic

SUBIC, Zambales– An early morning road accident involving two passenger buses on Tuesday killed three persons, including the two drivers, and seriously injured 43 shipyard workers in Barangay Cawag, this municipality.

Senior Supt. Christopher Mateo, Zambales Provincial Police director, based on a report from Subic Police Station commander Chief Inspector Leonardo Madrid, identified the fatalities as Roque Gallardo, 54, of Barangay Nagbunga, Ramil Valmocena, 36, of Barangay Nagbayan, both in Castillejos, Zambales; and Eugene Bacal, a native of Isabela province and a worker of Hanjin Shipyard.

The incident took place at around 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

Based on the initial investigation, a ZAMODCA bus with plate number 036402 and driven by Gallardo was moderately speeding towards Hanjin Shipyard in the Redondo Peninsula with 55 passengers who will be reporting for work. On the other side was a Daewoo Bus (Angelica 888 Express) driven by Valmocena which had just dropped off passengers at the Hanjin Terminal, and allegedly was “running on its top speed” heading back to Subic Terminal to pick up Hanjin passengers.

However, upon approaching a downward and curve portion of the road, Valmocena lost control of his steering wheel due to slippery condition of the road as it was raining during the time of incident and directly hit Gallardo’s bus head-on causing both buses’ front head to “explode”.

Due to the impact, Gallardo and a passenger, Bacal, died on the spot, while the other passengers totaling 43, sustained injuries on the heads and other parts of their bodies and were brought to San Marcelino District Hospital, San Marcelino. Some are still under observation.

Meanwhile, Valmocena who was rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes International Medical Center in Olongapo City by a responding rescue unit was pronounced dead by the attending physician hours after arrival. Ruben Veloria/PNA/