ILIGAN CITY —– Seven persons died and dozens of vehicles and properties were damaged when a 10-wheeler crashed into a group of people attending a vigil along the national highway of Barangay Aplaya, in Jasaan town, Misamis Oriental past 11:00 pm Tuesday, .
The police report said an Isuzu prime mover was travelling from Butuan City to Zamboanga City when the trailer’s body cracked and the driver lost control.
“The truck ran over a group of people, properties and vehicles parked along the highway,” said Maj. Evary Bacunawa, officer-in-charge of Jasaan Police Station.
Bacunawa identified the fatalities as Lemwel Edorot, 33 years old and Wilfredo Capilador, 32, barangay councilmen of Aplaya; Cirick Jadumas, 53; Helardo Montecillo, 65, and Jomie Montecillo, 45, all residents of Claveria town, Misamis Oriental; Justine Pepito, 15, resident of Jasaan; and one unidentified.
Five other unidentified persons were injured and were brought to a community hospital in Jasaan.
The accident damaged 14 motorcycles, six vehicles, a small store, a fence and a gate, and an auto repair shop.
“The police warned them to stop the vigil because it is still forbidden because of the pandemic and the area is dangerous because it is along the highway,” Bacunawa said.
The driver of the truck, whom the police did not name, is now under the custody of Jasaan police for further investigation and filing of cases.