By Glazyl Y. Masculino
BACOLOD City – A seaman died while six others suffered minor injuries after they figured in a multiple vehicular collision at Purok Daisy, Barangay Calumangan, Bago City, Negros Occidental around 9:30 a.m. yesterday.
Killed in the accident was Neptaly Subiate, 52, of Barangay 7 here.
Three of the wounded were identified as Jennifer Sausi, Jeneli Moreño, and Robijen Moreño, while the names of the 4-month-old baby boy, 1-year-old boy, and 2-year-old girl were withheld.
They were all passengers of a six-wheeler truck driven by John Mark Sausi, 24, of Kabankalan City.
Police Staff Master Sergeant Jeffrey Montinola, traffic investigator of Bago City Police Station, said that a six-wheeler truck loaded with fertilizer was tailing another truck driven by Eddie Boy Saylo, 42, of Barangay Calumangan, when it allegedly hit the rear part of the latter vehicle.
Montinola said that Saylo’s driven truck owned by Barangay Calumangan was supposed to execute a left turn when it was hit by Sausi’s truck which was on its way to Kabankalan City for a delivery.
As a result, Saylo’s driven truck was pushed to the opposite lane, hitting a motorcycle driven by Subiate causing it to crash into a tricycle parked at the roadside.
Montinola said Sausi’s truck also overlapped to the opposite lane and hit a pick-up truck.
The two truck drivers and the pick-up truck driver were unharmed.
Montinola said Subiate and the pick-up truck were on their way to Bacolod when the accident happened. Subiate was declared dead on arrival at a hospital.
The six wounded passengers probably hitched with Sausi on their way home.
He said that the two truck drivers are in police custody and will be released if no charges will be filed against them within 18 hours.
He said the drivers of the pick-up truck and the tricycle, as well as Saylo, reached a settlement with Sausi.
However, the family of Subiate is waiting for their lawyer’s advice on the incident.