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The body of Jimmy Ortega y Quinto lying in the middle of the “killer highway.” Photo courtesy by PRO-5 RPIO

The body of Jimmy Ortega y Quinto lying in the middle of the “killer highway.” Photo courtesy by PRO-5 RPIO

Daraga,Albay – [12.30.15] – The “killer highway” in Busay, Daraga, Albay has claimed its latest casualty in a bloody collision of four vehicles at 8:20 o’ clock this morning in Purok 2, Busay, Daraga,Albay, Daraga police said.

Traffic investigation report revealed the Isuzu dump truck driven by Ricardo Nabesa, Jr y Republica, 48 years old of Tula-Tula Grande, Ligao City with plate number TOW-316 was heading towards Daraga town proper from Guinobatan, Albay, has collided with four vehicles on the road after losing its brake.

The truck suddenly rammed the four vehicles on the road.

Angelo Belaro y Lucila, 37 years old, of Purok 1 Barangay Malabog, Daraga, Albay driver of Suzuki  tricycle bearing plate number MC 3819, Aziel Dairo y Acuña, 28 years old of Barangay San Francisco, Legazpi City, the driver of isuzu  jeepney bearing lto plate no EVM -240, Genly Lopez y Lozanes, 60 years old of Barangay Malabog, Daraga Albay, driver of Toyota Revo with plate number WEC- 824 and Jimmy Ortega y Quinto 57 years old of Barangay  Cabañgan, Camalig, Albay driver of Honda tricycle  bearing  a plate number  5582 – IW were hit by the dump truck driven by Nabesa.

The grave accident has inflicted a fatal injuries to Ortega, who was declared dead in the hospital, while several other drivers, who figured in the accident were also seriously wounded.

The stretch of of the national highway in between Barangays Busay and Malabog has been a constant place of vehicular accidents in the past.

Last December 9, 2015 at Purok -1 Barangay Malabog, two cargo trucks who were both Legazpi City bound has collided.

The most disastrous recorded accident in Busay, Daraga was recorded by Daraga Police was last November 27, 2015. Four vehicles had figured in a collision

A gravel and sand delivery truck with PN WKC 634 driven by Samson Loterte y Habla, 56 years old together with his truck helper identified as Juvan, both residents of Putiao, Pilar, Sorsogon, an Isuzu PUJ with PN EVR 343 driven by Warren Magdasoc y Nolia, 35 years old of Barangay Mina, Camalig, Albay, a       Mitsubishi Montero with PN WBQ 949 driven by Tomas Tognolo, 42 years old, an, Italian national with passenger identified as Carol Lopez y Mortero, 43 years old of Andamar City Homes, Apartment 9, Bonot, Legazpi City; and Isuzu Wing Van Truck with PN HUR 841 driven by Efren Bacosa y Moradas, 53  years old of Bato, Leyte had figured in the accident.

Carol Lopez and the truck helper Juvan died on the spot while the Italian national, Tomas Tognolo died on November 28 while being treated in Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in Legazpi City.