ORMOC CITY- Five passengers on board a van-for-hire were killed after it collided with another passenger van in Villaba town, Leyte about 3 pm on Wednesday (December 14).
The vehicular accident took place along a national highway located in Barangay A. Tumamak of said town.
Police reports said that the two vehicles were coming from opposite directions, one was bound for Palompon from Tacloban City while the other vehicle was en route to Ormoc City.
The two vehicles were owned by Ephraim Requitillo Jr.
Themistocles Hortellano Jr., the driver of the van heading to Ormoc (Gee Rhaim), said the other van(ER Jr. van) was cruising fast which caused it to skid because the road was wet due to the heavy rain.
He said he already saw the van, zigzagging prompting him to stop but his van was still hit which led the van to head towards a nearby slope.
Four of the passengers, including the other driver identified as Boy Salvador, who were brought to the Villaba District Hospital in Villaba town were declared dead on arrival.
They were identified as Lenny Moe, Russel Alih, an American with Indian origin, a certain Umpad and Orlando Raagas, 43, a makeup artist.
One of the five passengers brought to the Ormoc District Hospital died while being treated.
It was learned that the owner of the vehicles provided assistance to the families of the fatalities as well as those who sustained injuries.