Ambulance driver killed, 4 injured, including retired cop hit by COVID

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An ambulance driver was killed and four others were injured in a three-vehicle accident at Lacson-San Sebastian streets, Bacolod City, 1:15 p.m. today, November 11.

Jessie James Tranilla, a South Bacolod General Hospital ambulance driver, was declared dead on arrival at a hospital, a Bacolod Police Station 1 report said.

Injured were nurse Maria Nadala Cajeras, 30; the 78-year-old patient of Barangay Biniquil, Kabankalan City; and auxiliary worker Jose Francisco Manlosa Sombero of Barangay Sum ag, Bacolod City, who were on board the ambulance, the police said.

The patient is a retired policeman hit by COVID-19 and was being transferred to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, Kabankalan Mayor Pedro Zayco said.

Also injured was Genesis De Jesus Graellos of Murcia, Negros Occidental, who was on board a JMC van.

The ambulance driven by Tranilla that was travelling from south to north along Lacson Street was accidentally hit by a Mitsubishi Montero driven by Kenny Sorillo Arillo, 21, of Providencia Subdivision in Brgy. Alijis, Bacolod City, the police report said.

Arillo was travelling from west to east of San Sebastian Street, the police report added.

The police said the driver of the ambulance lost control of his vehicle and hit the JMC Van driven Graellos who was also travelling from north to south of Lacson street.

The incident resulted to the damage of all three vehicles.

Arillo is temporarily detained at Police Station 1 for proper disposition, the report said.*

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