By Aaron Recuenco
A day after a road accident in Camarines Sur left 13 dead, a passenger jeepney loaded with more than 30 passengers fell into a ravine in San Mariano town in Isabela, killing eight persons Sunday night.
Carlos Taguba, head of the San Mariano Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said the passenger jeepney appeared to have suffered brake malfunction before it plunged into a ravine some 10 to 12 feet high at around 6 p.m. on Sunday.
He identified those who died as as Gina Magusib, John Lloyd Rivera, 14; Marilen Gammad, 57; Inez Tapaoan; Carmelita Zalun, 54; Iring Cleto; and eight-year old John Lloyd Cadiente. They all died on-the-spot.
The eighth fatality, Rosina Madria, died while undergoing treatment in a hospital in Cauayan City.
Taguba said the driver of the jeepney and 29 other passengers were taken to various hospitals in the province for treatment of the cuts, bruises and fractures they suffered.
The local official said that the jeepney was coming from San Mariano town proper and was heading to Barangay Macayucayu when the vehicle’s brakes allegedly malfunctioned while descending on a curve and downhill part of the road.
The initial investigation also disclosed that the jeepney was overloaded. Aside from the passengers, it was also carrying bags of cement and sacks of feeds.
On Saturday, 13 people died while more than 40 others were injured when a truck loaded with relatives and friends of would-be bride and groom in Camarines Sur rolled over.