By BEBOT SISON JR.
BOTOLAN, Zambales – Eleven persons died and four others were critically injured when a delivery van collided with a multicab along the national road in Barangay Carael in this town.
Police identified the fatalities as Romulo Mantes, May Villanueva, Josephine Dorde, Maritess de la Cruz, Evangeline Capistrano, Linda Ruato, Kenneth Ivan Capistrano, Rosie Candule, Angelo de la Cruz, Arvin Villanueva and Daniel Jay Dorde, residents of Sitio Ulpoy, Barangay Amungan in Iba.
Seven of them died at the scene and three were pronounced dead on arrival at the President Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Hospital.
Meanwhile, Francis Mathew, 5; Marilyn Abella, 30; Jefferson Villanueva, 26, and Dario Torres, 36, were confined in the same hospital.
Investigation showed the vehicles were traveling in opposite directions when one of the tires of the van burst. The van skidded and hit the multicab.
The victims were on their way home from a seminar at the Ramon Magsaysay Technological University in this town when the accident occurred.
Photo: The multicab (left) was a total wreck after the delivery van crashed into it. Photo by BEBOT SISON JR.