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8 dead, 25 hurt as truck falls off hill in Camarines Sur

PILI, Camarines Sur, Philippines — Eight people died and 25 others were injured after the truck they were riding fell off a hill Saturday afternoon in San Fernando town in Camarines Sur province, police said.

According to police, a Foton truck, which had over 70 passengers, was being driven by Mario Jacob. The truck lost its brakes while going downhill on road in Barangay Tagpucol at around 4 p.m., causing Jacob to lose control. The truck fell off the hill and crashed into a tree.

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Eight people died on the spot.

The injured passengers and the driver were taken to Bicol Medical Center in Naga City.

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Police identified the fatalities as Aileen Mirasol, Ramona Mirasol, Pedro Pelaez, Victoria delos Reyes, Shierwin Mendoza, Marvin Chavez, Erwin Mendoza, and a certain person called “Walastik.”

The truck was registered to the local government of San Fernando.

(Editor: Alexander T. Magno)

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