1 killed, 2 hurt in SUWECO mishap

A construction worker was killed and two others were injured when a payloader of Sunwest Water & Electricity Co. (SUWECO) lost its brakes and crashed on the road in San Miguel town recently.

An official police report of the incident showed that the payloader, operated by Alfredo Sapico of Icanbato, Caramoran, was on its way down from the forebay site of the Solong mini-hydroelectric power plant, with construction workers Ervin Gianan Bueno, 41, of Inalmasinan, Caramoran, and Wilfredo Tresvalles Balbeja Jr. of Solong, San Miguel, as passengers when Sapico lost control of the heavy equipment due to brake failure.

It had just repaired part of the road near the forebay and was on its way back at 3:30pm of Aug. 4, 2021, when the accident occurred at the descending portion of the road.

Sapico reportedly tried to use the payloader’s bucket to forcibly slow the vehicle down but instead, it crashed on the uneven pavement, resulting in multiple, serious injuries to its occupants.

They were brought by their co-workers to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Hospital for treatment but Bueno was declared dead on arrival by Dr. Mee Jay Rodulfo. Sapico and Balbeja are still recuperating from their injuries.

A case for reckless imprudence resulting to homicide and physical injuries are being prepared by the police for filing against Sapico.

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