Killer trucks: 3 dead in vehicular accidents in Batangas, Palawan

Published October 26, 2019, 6:56 PM

by CJ Juntereal

By Aaron Recuenco

A 39-year old man died after he was hit by a speeding 10-wheeler truck which eventually crashed into a branch of a popular fastfood chain in Tuy, Batangas on Saturday, police said.

(Photo courtesy of Batangas PNP Public Information Office via Aaron Recuenco / MANILA BULLETIN)
(Photo courtesy of Batangas PNP Public Information Office via Aaron Recuenco / MANILA BULLETIN)

The truck also hit three vehicles which were parked at the compound of a gasoline station where the food chain was located, according to the report from the Batangas Provincial Police Office.

The victim was identified as Ramil Valdez. The driver of the truck, Claudigard Hilario, suffered injuries. His four companions were also injured.

Police said the truck was negotiating a curve along the national highway at around 8 a.m. when the driver appeared to have lost control of the steering wheel. It then went towards the gasoline station and hit Valdez who was standing in the area.

The truck then crashed onto the glass wall of the fastfood chain. Fortunately, no one was hurt inside the establishment.

A van and two sports utility vehicles were also hit and were damaged due to the strong impact.

The driver of the truck is now under police custody.

In Palawan, a motorcycle rider and his back rider died after they were hit by a truck in Roxas town of Palawan on Friday night.

Lt. Col. Socrates Faltado, spokesman of the MIMAROPA (Mindoro Occidental and Oriental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) regional police, said the motorcycle was overtaking a vehicle along the highway when it figured in the head-on collision.

“The motorcycle occupied the lane of the opposite direction while overtaking a vehicle. It was then that the victims were hit by a truck which was travelling on that lane,” said Faltado.

He identified the victims as driver Niko Jusus Lapenis, 18; and, Mark Dave Llano, 20.

Faltado said the two victims died due to serious injuries they suffered. The driver of the truck, Jade Arzad Bernardo, is now under police custody.