Mayor, 1 escape death; 2 companions killed in Zambales road mishap

SUBIC, Zambales — A municipal mayor from Zambales and his companion narrowly escaped death when his Mitsubishi Strada was almost torn in two after colliding head on with a shuttle bus that also killed two other companions on Wednesday morning in this town.

Chief Inspector Leonardo Madrid, Subic police chief, identified the victims as San Marcelino Mayor Elvis Soria, 52, who is now under observation in Baypointe Hospital in Subic Bay Freeport after sustaining severe wounds due to impact.

However, two of Soria’s companions Manuel Rodriguez, a director of Zambales Electric Cooperative (ZAMECO II) and Arlan Pascasio, the driver of Mitsubishi Strada (HBE 549) were announced dead on arrival at the San Marcelino District Hospital.

Another companion, Ernesto Cudia, is still in critical condition.

The Subic police said the accident occurred around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when Soria and the three companions were heading north towards San Marcelino on board the said pick-up.

Upon reaching the Pamatawan Bridge in Barangay Pamatawan, Subic, a south-bound Daewoo shuttle bus of Hanjin Shipyard with plate number AKA 5482 and driven by Noly Ebidag Jr., 36, of Lucapon, Sta. Cruz, Zambales, swerved into opposite direction colliding head-on with the incoming Strada. Authorities said that Edibag was drunk when apprehended. It was also reported that the suspect earlier rammed his shuttle bus into some tiangge stores in Castillejos town.

Madrid said a case of reckless imprudence resulting to multiple homicide, serious physical injuries and damage to property are being prepared against the respondent driver. PNA/