Three people died in the early hours of Wednesday morning when an ambulance collided with three motorcycles along the Maharlika Highway in the town of Bongabon in Nueva Ecija, a province in the Philippines.
Ramir Miranda, Edgardo Sarmiento and Genaro Gener Martin were declared dead on the scene by police authorities. One of the passengers of the motorcycles that collided suffered injuries and is currently being treated at a nearby hospital along with Roger Abuan--the driver of the ambulance--and one of Abuan's passengers.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Chief Insp. Francis Mateo II of the San Leonardo Police District said that based on the investigation, the ambulance collided with the Honda Wave motorcycle of Miranda, which approached the ambulance head-on. Abuan then lost control of the vehicle, which caused him to collide with the two other motorcycles before falling into a ditch three meters deep.
One woman who witnessed the said accident told reporters that the incident occurred around midnight as she was going to bed. The accident left her extremely shaken, resulting to her inability to fall asleep that night.
Meanwhile, Abuan expressed his condolences to the family members left behind by those that were killed in the early morning road accident stating that this was indeed an unfortunate incident that nobody wanted to happen. He goes on further to say that in his ten years of service as an ambulance driver, this was the first time he was ever involved in an accident like this.
All of the three drivers of the motorcycles involved, and their passengers, were found to have been intoxicated and driving without helmets when the accident occurred.
Another ambulance was involved in a road accident at the toll booth in Manila's Skyway which claimed the lives of three people, and injuring four others.