9 die in LPG tank blasts in Cavite

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 23 2010 08:25 AM | Updated as of Jun 23 2010 07:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - Nine people died in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tank explosions following a road crash in Carmona town, Cavite province, before dawn Wednesday.

Police identified the fatalities as 2-year-old James Pazcogin, Jocelyn Pazcogin, Julie Ann Vergara, Joy Ann Vergara, Jeremy Vergara, Jonald Pazcogin, Darlene Roa, Jomari Pancito and Jomar Bataan.

Police said the victims died after a series of LPG tank explosions along Governor's Drive in Carmona around 1 a.m..

Investigators said the explosions happened after an Isuzu Elf truck carrying the LPG tanks rammed an electric post and a sedan after attempting to take over another truck.

The LPG tanks were thrown off the Isuzu Elf truck right after the collision and then exploded as they rolled to nearby houses, killing the victims and destroying some houses.

Senior Superintendent Danilo Maligalig, Cavite provincial police director, said 7 houses were razed after the explosions. It took firefighters an hour to put out the blaze, he added.

Police said another person was hurt in the blasts.

Meanwhile, police said the Isuzu Elf's driver and his assistant were able to flee while the LPG tanks were exploding.

On Tuesday, 7 people died after their sport utility vehicle rammed an electric post on the same road.

At least 8 people were hurt in the incident. -- Reports from Jeck Batallones, ABS-CBN News and Arnell Ozaeta, ABS-CBN Southern Tagalog