October 23, 2017, 5:35 pm
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3 more bus passengers die; toll up to 34

THREE more passengers of the mini-bus that plunged into a ravine in Nueva Ecija last Tuesday died yesterday, raising the death toll to 34.

Senior Supt. Antonio Yarra, Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office chief, said the three died due to severe head and body injuries. He said 43 others remain hospitalized due to injuries.

Yarra said one passenger who was slightly injured did not report to the police.

An autopsy performed on the body of Rolando Mangaoang, the driver of the ill-fated bus, showed that he was negative for drugs or alcohol use, according to Yarra.

He also said that Leonardo Patulot, owner of Leomarcik Bus, appeared before the Carranglan Municipal Police Station assisted by his lawyer, Ronald Dinos, for investigation.

Carranglan Mayor Mary Abad said the portion of the highway where the accident happened lacked concrete barriers to prevent vehicles from falling into the ravine.

“It’s scary to travel there because some portions of the highway don’t have road barriers,” Abad said in a radio interview.

Abad said the barriers in the area were made with poor or sub-standard materials.

She said drivers must also be disciplined when traveling that part of the highway since it is narrow.

“Barriers will be useless if a driver is reckless,” she said.
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