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Three on way to Ecija ‘pabasa’ killed in accident

/ 07:51 PM March 26, 2018


GEN. TINIO, Nueva Ecija – Three people, one of them a 3-year-old boy, were killed when a truck turned upside down on a road in the mountainous village of Pias here at 11:30 a.m. on Monday.

The truck was carrying 20 people bound for Sitio (subvillage) Cunacon to participate in a “pabasa (the reading of the Passion of Christ)” when the accident happened, killing the child, Mandy Caballero, 42-year-old Mercedita Terejal, and 80-year-old Ramona Reyes, according to Senior Insp. Adriano Gabriel, town police chief.

Fourteen other passengers were hurt and were brought to different hospitals, Gabriel said.

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Truck driver Joel Francia said he was negotiating a steep slope when he lost control of the vehicle due to a mechanical problem.

Charges of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide and physical injury are being prepared against Francia, who has been detained by the local police.

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