Pangasinan solon, daughter hurt as bus rams their van

PANGASINAN Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil, his daugther and driver were hurt after their family van was rammed by a passenger bus early dawn Thursday in Barangay Poblacion, Bugallon, Pangasinan, police reports said.

Initial investigation by the Bugallon police revelead that a Dagupan Bus (DAS 578), driven by Benny Cainap of Quezon, traversing the southward direction evaded a motorcycle, but hit Bataoil’s Nissan Escapade van, which was going the opposite direction.

The congressman, his daughter Angela, and driver identified only as PO3 Evangelista, sustained injuries and were immediately rushed to the Special Group Hospital and Trauma Center in Dagupan City for medical treatment, the reports said.

Bataoil, who suffered head concussion, and his daughter are now out of danger, but his driver still remains in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Bataoil is a former chief of the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO), before retiring as head of the PNP’s Directorate for Police Community Relations (DPCR) in 2009.

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