At least 3 dead, 31 hurt in CSur accident; cops temporarily divert traffic

NAGA CITY—The Andaya Highway from Tabogon, Sta. Elena, Camarines Norte to Naga City was declared passable at 8:30 p.m. earlier tonight, September 28.

This was confirmed by Senior Supt. Walfredo Pornillos of the Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office (CSPPO).

The same road was temporarily closed due to a vehicular accident at around 7:10 pm at Barangay Lower Sta. Cruz, Ragay, Camarines Sur.

Said accident, which caused a huge traffic jam, claimed the lives of at least three commuters. They include Joseph Cater, ABC President of the Liga ng mga Barangay, Ragay; Alejandro Purca, 8 years old, a resident of Barangay Lower Sta. Cruz, Ragay; and Alea Liana Saraza, 4 years old, of Barangay Poblacion Ilaod, Ragay, Camarines Sur.

Around 31 were also reported to be injured.

Involved in the accident were a Mahindra patrol car of Ragay Municipal Police Station; a 10-wheeler dump truck driven by Jose Badong Sinfuego, 33, of Sta. Teresita, Baao, Camarines Sur; a southbound R. Volante bus driven by Dodong Biato of Bongga, Bacacay, Albay; and a Mitsubishi Adventure driven by Melvin Mantuano Estrope of Caima, Sipocot, Camarines Sur.

In response to the accident, the CSPPO diverted all buses and other vehicles en route to Naga City, Legazpi City, and Sorsogon.

Meanwhile, Sinfuego, the driver of the truck which is believed to have caused the accident is now under custody of Chief Inspector AP Blanco, OIC of the Ragay Municipal Police Station.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM. Pirming enot. Pirming bago.