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At least 7 hurt as jeepney overturns on Commonwealth

Photos courtesy of Erwin Aguilon

MANILA, Philippines – At least seven people were injured on Friday after a passenger jeepney overturned along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, Inquirer Radio 990AM said.

The report said the jeepney (plate number TVP 657)  tumbled and tipped over after being hit by a Corimba Bus (plate number TYW 381).

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Initial reports said nine people were injured but the number went down after East Avenue Medical Center, where the passengers were rushed to, verified only seven.

The seven people, including the jeepney driver, sustained bruises and complained of pain.

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One of the passengers, 17-year old Mary Jane Asbestos, had a deep cut or laceration on her face, QC Department of Public Order and Safety (QC-DPOS) team leader Ricky Arellano said.

The bus driver Junbet Baron, interviewed over the radio, said he left the scene of the accident to tend to his passengers before proceeding to the hospital where the injured jeepney passengers were brought.

He said he left his driver’s license to members of the QC Department of Public Order and Safety, among the first who responded to the accident.

But traffic rangers denied the driver’s account. They said they were only able to confiscate his driver’s license after he was apprehended in Tandang Sora.

As of posting time, the vehicle remains overturned along a sidewalk near the Commission on Human Rights.

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