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2 dead, 7 hurt in Zamboanga highway smash-up

ZAMBOANGA. Police photo handout shows the fish carrier truck, which was wrecked, after it rammed into seven vehicles Tuesday, October 09, 2018, along the highway in Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur. (Bong Garcia)

TWO people died, while seven others were injured when a fish carrier truck rammed seven vehicles along the Zamboanga-Pagadian Highway, the police said Tuesday, October 9.

Chief Superintendent Edwin de Ocampo, deputy regional director for administration (DRDA) of the Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula, said the incident happened around 9 a.m. Tuesday in Purok Maabtikon, Paglaum village, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur.

De Ocampo identified the fatalities as Ariel Napalcruz, driver of the fish carrier truck, and Mario Rola Balabag.

Wounded were Corporal Fedilo Nalzaro Tabotabo, 44th Infantry Battalion; Liezel Pepito; Milky Magsayo; Juldan Ederosas Aiyadi, fish carrier truckman; Simplicio Noval Sr., fish carrier helper; Esterlita Oberes Aselo; and Ronie Oberes Aselo.

Investigation showed the fish carrier truck was traveling in high speed at a descending road when it collided head-on with an incoming truck after its brake malfunctioned.

The fish carrier truck rammed into six other vehicles, including two motorcycles, as it fell on its side and skidded, De Ocampo added.

The DRDA official said the fish carrier truck was bound for Pagadian City coming from Zamboanga City at the time of the accident.

He said the fish carrier truck was wrecked as a result of the impact, while its cargo was scattered on the highway.


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