MILAOR, Camarines Sur -- At yesterday’s flag-raising ceremony, town Administrator Benny Albao announced before the ranks and file employees the death of their former Mayor Andres “Andre” Hidalgo and the serious injuries to incumbent Vice Mayor Senen Bermas in a vehicular accident in Ragay town.
Albao said Bermas had undergone surgery in a private hospital in Naga City as a result of the mishap.
In a report from Ragay, CamSur MPS, investigator SPO4 Albert Joven revealed that about 1:30 a.m. yesterday, police said the vehicular accident occured along Rolando Andaya Highway in Bgy. F. Simeon Ragay, when a Fortuner vehicle with seven passengers plunged into a 10-foot ravine along the highway.
According to police investigators, the driver of the Fortuner, Noel Marikit, an LGU employee, lost control of the steering wheel while negotiating a blind curve and eventually crashed into a steel railing, causing the vehicle to plunge into the ravine.
SPO4 Joven said the critically-injured Hidalgo, Bermas and the driver and the other four passengers who sustained minor injuries were rushed by an ambulance to the Ragay District Hospital and later to Mother Seton Hospital in Naga City.
Hidalgo was declared dead on arrival at Mother Seton Hospital while Bermas was immediately placed surgery for serious injuries in the body.
The four other passengers and the driver are now recuperating in the hospital.