(Updated) 1 dead, 8 hurt in Davao field trip accident
Update (As of Nov. 21) One of the two students seriously injured, as cited in this report have died of complications. More details to follow.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 November) — A student was killed and eight others,
including two teachers, were injured in a vehicular accident Saturday
morning in a highway in Calinan district here, police said.
Sixteen-year old Osvaldo Abellanosa, a fourth year high school student from
Malaybalay City, died of serious injuries in a hospital here, a few hours
after the Nissan Urvan passenger van he and his classmates took collided
with a wayward Mitsubishi Canter cargo van.
The van carried 16 passengers and belonged to a convoy of 15 others carrying
third and fourth year high school students from San Isidro College in
Malaybalay City. The students were on an educational field trip and were
bound for downtown Davao City from the Malagos Bird Sanctuary.
Six of Abellanosa’s classmates and two lady teachers were also hurt, Calinan
police told MindaNews Saturday.
Seriously hurt were Maderick Reyes, 16 and Vincent Namoc, 16. Those with
minor injuries were identified by the police as Roberto Antipasado, Rocky
Corona, Romart Aurita and John Angelo Tagra, all 16 years old.
The accompanying teachers were Dona May Macoy and Mona Lisa Cacafranca, both
21 years old. The victims were brought to Davao Doctors’ Hospital.
Police investigator PO3 Gerardo Molina said the “panel” cargo van’s left
front tire exploded causing the vehicle to swerve until it collided with the
Molina said the van, owned by merchant firm Datu Complex, was carrying
stocks of soap and other goods.
Cargo van driver Noel Table, 26, and passenger van driver Ciriaco Sanchez,
49, are now detained at the Calinan Police Station pending the filing of
formal complaints. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)