TACLOBAN CITY- Two construction workers were buried alive after they were hit by a boulder while they were excavating inside an elementary school in Lavezares, Northern Samar on Wednesday (October 11).
Killed were Jonnel Nabor, 21 and Elmer Abayon, 30, who were buried in a pit they were excavating inside the Libas Elementary School, which is located at the foot of a mountain.
The victims, along with more than 10 workers of the CE Construction and Supplies construction company, were constructing a building inside the school compound which has more than 200 students.
PO1 Albert Enguerra, police desk officer of Lavezares police station, said that the two were hit by a rampaging boulder cascading towards them, pinning them down to a pit which they were excavating.
“They were doing some excavation when a boulder coming down from the mountain hit them, burying them alive. It took three hours before they were retrieved. At that time, the weather was fine,” Enguerra, reached on the phone, said.
The incident happened at about 2 pm with the retrieval effort ending three hours later, the police officer said.
The victims’ coworkers with the help of local members of the Bureau of Fire Protection and local police helped in recovering the lifeless bodies of Nabor and Abayon, who were both from Barangay Kalabog, Victoria, also in Northern Samar.
The remains of the victims were collected by their respective families.(VICKY C. ARNAIZ)