4-vehicle mishap: 2 die, 3 hurt

A 4-WAY vehicle collision along the Maharlika Highway in Casiguran, Sorsogon early morning yesterday killed two motorcycle riders and injured three others, the Police Regional Office 5 reported yesterday.

An investigation showed that the driver of a Honda TMX tricycle identified as Ricky Detecio accidentally figured in a collision with a red Mitsubishi Montero being driven by one Ruel Esmas along the Maharlika Highway in Barangay Trece Martirez in Casiguran town at 4:20 a.m. yesterday.

Witnesses said that the tricycle carrying passengers Emma and John Ray Detecio was bumped from behind by the SUV as they were traveling in the same direction.

As a result, the tricycle driver lost control of the vehicle and entered the opposite lane. After seeing the wayward tricycle, the driver of a Grand Transfort bus tried to swerve to the left side of the highway but unfortunately collided with an approaching black Honda XRM motorcycle being driven by Elmer Jarque.

Both Jarque and his passenger Rammil Lareza died on the spot while the Detecios were brought to the Sorsogon Provincial Hospital for medical treatment.

PRO5 director, Brigadier General Arnel B. Escobal said that the SUV driver is now under the custody of the Casiguran Municipal Police Station while the bus driver who fled after the accident is still being hunted as of press time.