13 killed, 41 injured Camarines Sur as truck with passengers rolls over

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 09 2019 02:33 PM

MANILA -- The number of fatalities in a truck accident in Camarines Sur has risen to 13, while 41 others were injured, police said Sunday.

Among those killed were 2 children aged 4 and 5, and a woman named Bea Locilo, who was set to be married. 

The dump truck was carrying 53 passengers in the town of San Fernando on Saturday evening and was going down a mountain road when it lost control, said Police Master Sgt. Victor Quinao.

"The truck lost control and rolled over, throwing off some of the passengers while others were crushed," Quinao said. 

The group had just come from participating in a Filipino tradition where a man and his family visit the home of a woman to formally ask for her hand in marriage, Quinao said.

"It was a dump truck used to transport soil and sand and was owned by the local government. It appears it was borrowed for the event. The passengers put improvised benches while others were standing," said Quinao.

Jomari Ercia, one of the passengers, said that the truck was carrying so many people that he had to sit on the roof of the vehicle. 

"Di na po kasya don sa ano. Nakita ko na lang po duguan na kami," said Ercia. 

(It was overloaded. I just noticed that we were already bloody.)

Police said they were investigating the possible liability of the driver.

Six of the injured passengers are still in the hospital. 

Road accidents are common in the Philippines, where inadequately maintained buses and poorly trained drivers form the backbone of land transport options.

A lawmaker has criticized the nation's regulators over unsafe vehicles, saying they allowed "rolling coffins" to ply the roads. - Rizza Mostar, ABS-CBN News with a report from Agence France-Presse