7 killed as prime mover crashes through vehicles, people

(Contributed by Menzie Montes)

A PRIME mover truck carrying a bulldozer crashed through vehicles and people attending a wake in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental, killing seven people and injuring five others Tuesday night, December 1, 2020.

Police Major Evary Bacunawa, head of the Jasaan Municipal Police Station, said they have taken the driver Vincent Rey Abuloc, 29, into custody.

Bacunawa said Abuloc related that he noticed that the front part of the truck seemed to have been lifted off the ground just before the crash at 11:20 p.m. Tuesday along the National Highway in Zone-2, Barangay Aplaya in Jasaan.

He said the driver slammed on the brakes, but lost control of the vehicle.

The truck ploughed through 14 motorcycles and six vehicles, trampling seven people to death. The fatalities included two barangay councilors.

Bacunawa said they had to use a crane to lift some of the vehicles and retrieve the bodies of two fatalities that were crushed under the vehicles.

A report prepared by Bacunawa identified six of the fatalities as councilors Lemwel Edurot and Wilfredo Capilador Jr., Cirick Jadumas, Helardo Montecillo, Jomie Montecillo and Justine Pepito. One fatality has not been identified.

Charges of reckless imprudence resulting to multiple homicides, multiple physical injuries and multiple damage to properties will be filed against Abuloc.

“We will try to file the charges within the day. The driver is already in our custody. He has been cooperating,” Bacunawa said.

The truck, owned by a private contractor, had come from Butuan City and was headed towards Zamboanga City.

Bacunawa said policemen had just come from the area to conduct regular patrol and had even chided some of those who were not wearing face masks at the wake. (Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)


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