Sunday, August 18, 2019

17 hurt on Good Friday accident

SEVENTEEN people, mostly female Catholic devotees, were injured as the passenger jeep they were riding figured in an accident after it failed to climb a steep road in a pilgrimage site in Zamboanga City, the police said Saturday.

Police Major Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, said the incident happened at 9:48 p.m. of Good Friday, April 19 at the Climaco Freedom Park in Mount Abong-Abong, Pasonanca.

Galvez said the victims were identified as follows: Jocelyn Campaner, 46; Agnes Arquiza Campaner, 26; Sammy Aquiza Campaner, 22; Jasmine Campaner Nadate, three; Juvelyn Jebo Abejero, 29; Jema Jebo Abejero, 17; Renelem Salazar Astareja, 30; Liandro Estareja Rabusa, eight; Lilian Salazar Estateja, 37; Rolando Leonares Ligaw, 27; Rosalie Arquiza Pirante, 37; Junrie Mira Bernabela, 20; Ervin Barilea Arquiza, 25; Josa Arquiza Campaner, 23; Marjorie Enderes Embol, 24; Melanie Arquiza Enriquez, 16; and Angelica Arquiza Campaner, 21.

Galvez said investigation showed the victims were aboard a passenger jeep driven by Edgar Estioca, 47, that crashed into a roadside barrier and turned upside down when it failed to climb a steep road while traversing Murok road in Pasonanca village.

She said they were traveling to Mount Abong-Abong at the time of the incident.

Thousands of Catholic devotees flock to Mount Abong-Abong during Holy Thursday and Good Friday for the Station of the Cross.

Galvez said the victims were rushed to the hospital for treatment. (SunStar Philippines)


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