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32 hurt in Cebu bus accident

/ 07:53 PM June 22, 2014

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CEBU CITY, Philippines – At least 32 persons were wounded past noon Sunday when a Ceres bus owned by the Vallacar Transit fell on its side while traveling on a slippery road in Dawis Norte, Carmen town, 41.3 kilometers north of Cebu.

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Bus driver Ronald Lato, 35, and a resident of Daanbantayan town in Cebu, was detained at the police station in Carmen after he surrendered to the police.

Lato told police investigators that he lost control of the bus (679 CCE)  when one of its tires exploded just while he was overtaking a tricycle.

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The road was also slippery because it  rained earlier, said Police Officer 2 Everett Capuyan, Carmen police investigator.

The bus then sideswiped the metal gate of an establishment before it fell on its left side, Lato told Capuyan.

Capuyan said the bus came from Mandaue City’s North Bus Terminal and was heading to Daanbantayan town at the northern tip of Cebu.

Capuyan said the injured passengers were brought to provincial hospital in Danao City.
The victims had been declared out of danger although a boy suffered a broken leg.

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