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Quezon road crash leaves 4 dead, 6 hurt

Photo from Quezon Provincial Police Office

MANILA, Philippines — Three members of a family and their driver were killed while six others were injured in a multiple vehicle collision in Barangay Malay, Lopez, Quezon province, police said Friday.

The Quezon Provincial Police identified the fatalities as Raymundo Acebuche, 56, his wife 48-year old Maryjoy Claire, and their 20-year old daughter Raquel. Their driver, 47-year old Paterno Carnate Jr. also died in the crash. Police said the victims were aboard a Toyota Hiace van driven by Carnate.

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Three other Acebuches – Raquel, 20, Rafael, 20, and Rocelyn, 24; Bilito, 52, and Joy Ericka Guliman, 15; Marites, 47, and Daisy Cerujano, all passengers of the ill-fated van, survived and were rushed to a  hospital.

A report from the Quezon Provincial Police said a  Bicol-bound P & O Bus Corporation passenger bus driven by Marlon Ricon, 37, overtook another vehicle while traversing the Maharlika Highway in Barangay Malay at 11:55 p.m.

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When the bus returned to its lane, it collided with the oncoming Toyota Hi-Ace van driven by Carnate, 47, on the opposite lane.

After hitting the van, the bus then collided with a tricycle and a parked Honda Civic parked near the area.

Police said the victims were brought to the Magsaysay Memorial Hospital but four of them were declared dead on arrival. The other victims are still being treated at the hospital.

Police said Ricon was arrested while the incident is being investigated. Police said  complaints of Reckless Imprudence Resulting in Multiple Homicide, Physical Injury, and Damage to Property are now being readied against Ricon.  /muf /lb

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