Bus driver goes free

Posted on March 21, 2012


Calvo bus line hit a dumptruck before crashing to the gutter in Naga city, south of Cebu hurting 28 passengers. (CDN PHOTO/ JUNJIE MENDOZA)

Both drivers in the Naga bus crash that injured 28 passengers were released from the Naga City police jail yesterday.

With no complainants filed against him, bus driver Marcial Vasquez was released at about 11 a.m.

SPO1 Ian Quitayin of the Naga City police precinct said Vasquez was freed a day after Ernesto Baclaan, driver of the 10-wheeler dump truck was also released from jail.

Vasquez drove the Benet Calvo passenger bus that collided with the truck and fell on its side in a road canal by the highway of barangay Mainit, Toledo City, last Thursday.

He initially went missing from the accident scene but turned himself over a day after.

Police said bus passengers who went to the police station just claimed their belongings that were left in the site. None of them filed a complaint.

Quitayin said if the incident resulted in someone’s death, Vasquez won’t be released because of a charge of homicide.

Vasquez drove the Calvo bus bearing plate GWH-253, which swerved onto the lane of an oncoming 10-wheeler dump truck headed for Cebu City.

Passengers said the bus driver increased his speed as he negotiated a curve and tried to overtake another truck.

The bus turned crashed by the roadside and overturned. Police said the bus owner took care of the hospital bills of the injured passengers. /Correspondent Rhea Ruth V. Rosell

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