DUMAGUETE CITY — Five high school students were killed and 10 of their classmates including their teacher-guide were injured after the van they were on swerved and ran right into the path of an incoming cargo truck on Friday morning in the village of Mayabon in Zamboanguita town, Negros Oriental province.
Police identified the fatalities as twin sisters Cherry Rose, 17 and Cherry Ann Kadusale, 17; Joshua Busmeon, 18; Kevin Aguilar, 14; and Christian Buenconsejo, 17.
The other injured passengers were identified as teacher John Mark Prestin and students James Bagarinao, 18; Elmar Toquero, 17; Justine Generoso, 18; Willie CJ Chua, 17; Jesse May Cabanal, 18; and four others are remained yet unidentified.
The fatalities were members of the MathSayaw team of Basay National High School, who were returning home from a competition in Cebu City.
Police said that the van driver, Jaypee Sarad, 29, lost control of the vehicle and swerved to the opposite side of the road due to a slippery road.
The victims were rushed to Silliman Medical Center and six other injured passengers were brought to Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital in Dumaguete City.
Three of them were declared dead on arrival at the hospitals.
Basay is a fourth class fishing town some 125 kilometers south of Dumaguete and is the last town south of Negros Oriental, bordering Hinoba-an town in Negros Occidental.
The tragedy brought the townfolks in mourning and had filled the social media messages of sympathies.
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