A 64-year old female teacher died in an accident Thursday noon involving a trailer truck and two shuttle vans along Kilometer 42, North National Highway, Sitio Tagbato, Barangay Salvacion.
Police Inspector Mark Anthony Maceda of the City Police Office’s Station 2 identified the victim as Yolanda Betinol, an active school teacher, and a resident of Bliss, Roxas town. Betinol reportedly died on the spot.
Other passengers who were brought to the hospital for injuries were identified in a traffic police spot report as Marter Nario Sr., Rachel Betinol, Jay Bacaltos, Melchor Sagurit, John Michael Castillo, Shantel Castillo, Jonabelle Castillo, Fernando Daclan, Nelme Daclan, Maricel Abalos, Xyrelle Abalos, Xyrus Abalos, Roger Abenar, Arnold Magarce, Ida Chariz Mandapat, and Ryan Jay Gallentes.
The suspect, on the other hand, was identified as trailer truck driver Froilan Lagrada, 55, married, and a resident of Barangay San Miguel. Maceda said he is facing a case of homicide due to reckless imprudence under Article 365 of the Revised Penal Code
Maceda said Nario, the driver of the white Nissan Urvan vehicle that Betinol was riding, was also rushed to the hospital because he is in critical condition.
Initial investigation revealed that around 12:50 p.m. on Thursday, the drivers of the two shuttle vans were on their way to northern Palawan going up through an elevated curve of Kilometer 42 when the truck being driven by Lagrada suddenly appeared from the opposite direction going down very fast to the poblacion.
“Yung dalawang van ay papuntang north, magkasunuran sila. Medyo pataas kasi sila, bumubuwelo kaya mabilis ‘yong mga van. Itong truck naman ay mabilis din, pababa siya kaso kurbada ‘yong parte [kung saan naganap] ang aksidente. Noong nasa kurbada na sila, nakain nitong truck ‘yong lane ng mga van,” he said.
Maceda added the skid mark of trailer truck that was driven by Lagrada was seen and recorded in the accident area.
Maceda added that the site is an accident prone area.
“Dapat talaga mag-ingat ang mga sasakyan sa lugar dahil alanganing kurbada. Accident prone area siya sa pagkakaalam ko dahil marami na din nag-self crash doon,” he said.
A follow-up investigation is still being conducted by the traffic police.