9 killed, 20 others injured in bus and oil tanker head-on collision
From: John Gilbuena
Sept. 26, 2012
Manila – A passenger bus and a speeding oil tanker collided head-on early Wednesday along a national highway in a province northeast of Manila, leaving nine people dead and some 20 others seriously injured, police said.
Police reports said a Manila bound Victory Liner bus and a north-bound Petron tanker smashed each other along Maharlika road, in Nueva Ecija’s Munoz township’s sub-village of Kurba in the village proper of Bantog at about 2:30 a.m.
Police said the Maharlika road’s traffic heavily clogged early this morning as bodies piled up along the highway where a motorbike, where two people mounted were among the fatalities, was unfortunately hit upon strong impact of the collision between the bus and tanker.
Initial police reports said both drivers of Victory and Petron and five bus passengers died on the spot, as rescuers and volunteers rushed to bring scores of injured to different nearby hospitals.
Investigators said they still looked into possibility that either driver or both drivers of Victory bus, which originated from Cagayan’s Tuguegarao, and Petron tanker, which came from Manila, could have slept while cruising along Maharlika road.