Nueva Vizcaya bus accident death toll rises to 34

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija — The number of passengers who died in Wednesday’s tragic bus accident in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija rose to 34 on Thursday as five injured persons died while undergoing treatment in the hospital.

This, as Senior Supt. Antonio Yarra, Nueva Ecija police director, said road accidents that frequently result in deaths are a major public safety concern that he wants to tackle with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and other government agencies.

He said that as DPWH is an active member of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), he will bring out the issue in the light of the recent tragic accident in the council’s forthcoming meeting.

Vehicular accidents add up to the number of crimes in a particular area. They are considered recklessness that result in homicide and damage to properties.

Investigation showed that the Leomarick Trans bus (AVZ 757) that fell into the 80-feet ravine in Sitio Nursery, Barangay Capintalan, Carranglan, passed through a damaged portion of the concrete barrier on a sharp curve portion of the road, downhill from Dalton Pass.

Records from the DPWH Central Luzon showed at least six accidents have happened in the same spot in the past few years.

Meanwhile, in a corner of a funeral parlor in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya, Elsie dela Rosa, 55, of Poblacion 1, Marilao, Bulacan, was seen mourning for her 27-year-old son, Ace Vincent, who is one of the fatalities in Wednesday’s tragic road mishap.

She said her son just went home on March 9 after working four straight years as cake decorator in Saudi Arabia to act as best man for his elder brother’s wedding.

Ace Vincent spent the Holy Week with his long time girlfriend in Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya and took the Leomarick Trans bus Tuesday for San Jose City from where he would take bus for Bulacan. Dela Rosa said the two have set their wedding sometime next year.

“Napakabait na anak ko. Hindi man lang yan naninigarilyo. Napakasipag kaya ayaw nang pauwiin ng amo (My son was so kind. Not even smoking and very industrious, thus his employer did not want him to go home),” said dela Rosa, adding, Ace Vincent was the only one supporting her and her husband.

On the other hand, John Llamas, 25, who lost his wife, 20-year-old Kriza Joy and 21-year-old sister Dyesebel, said he has been praying that his two children would soon recover from their injuries.

Their first born, Luigie Jay, 2, was confined at the Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Hospital in Bambang and the other, John Melvin, eight months old, at the Veterans Memorial Hospital, supposedly for minor injuries.

Kriza Joy, their kids and sister, were to visit him in Cabanatuan City before going home to Aurora province.

“Sabi nung ibang nakakita, inihagis daw ng misis ko yung bunso namin sa bintana bago tuluyang bumagsak yung bus” (Those who witnessed said that my wife threw our youngest outside the bus window before it fell into the ravine), Llamas said, narrating how their children survived the accident.

Working as a truck helper here, Llamas found his children in the hospital. Marilyn Galang/