By DAN TORIBIO
Three people died and several others were injured in two separate vehicular accidents Saturday night and Sunday afternoon in Zamboanga City.
Edgardo Laranjo, 46, single, a barangay utility worker, was pinned down by a garbage truck and died on the spot at Telecom, Sitio Muroc, Upper Pasonanca Saturday night.
Report said that Laranjo was ferried to their residence in Telecom, aboard a barangay garbage truck driven by Roberto Fabian amid the heavy downpour. While the truck was maneuvering the ascending road at Sitio Muroc, it suffered engine trouble. The truck fell into a deep ravine prompting Laranjo to jump, but when he fell on the ground, the truck landed on top of him.
Fabian miraculously survived, only sustaining injuries in the body.
In the second accident Sunday afternoon, a minitruck carrying dried fish cargo collided with a motorcycle at Sitio Pamingitan, Bolong killing two and injuring several others.
A report from the Sangali Police Staion disclosed that a Racal motorcycle driven by Henry Oranola, of Mercedes, came from Bolong beach when it collided with a mini Mazda truck with plate number AFA 4684 driven by Jonas Cordova of Talon-Talon.
Aboard the truck were Cordova’s co-workers identified as Elsie Torono y Amado, 50,married, Bonifacio Celeste y Amatos, 52, married, his wife Nermie Celeste y Divinagracia, 53, Ronel Garingo y Argonsula, 29, married, all of Talon-Talon,Rolando Faisano y Villarama, 43, married and Roselier Dablo, both of Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay, heading Pagadian City.
Police said that after hitting the motorcycle, the driver lost control of the steering wheel sending the truck ramming a coconut tree on the other side of the road.
Cordova died on the spot while other truck passengers and the driver of the motorcycle were taken to the Zamboanga City Medical Center where Dablo was declared dead on arrival. All other victims were confined for further treatment.
The incident happened while strong rains lashed Bolong and other parts of Zamboanga City. — Dan Toribio