Driver dies from truck crash due to ashfall

Published January 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Aaron Recuenco 

Police warned motorists Monday from driving in areas heavily affected by the ashfall from Taal Volcano following the death of a truck driver when he lost control of the steering wheel in Laguna due to zero visibility.

(Photo courtesy of PNP- PRO4A / MANILA BULLETIN)
(Photo courtesy of PNP- PRO4A / MANILA BULLETIN)

Col. Eleazar Matta, director of the Laguna Provincial Police Office, said the truck driven by Gilbert Briones overturned while travelling on a curve portion of a road in Barangay Paciano Rizal, in Calamba City.

“The driver lost control of the truck due to zero visibility because the windshield was covered with ashes,” said Matta.

The accident also inflicted injuries to truck helpers Jovin Dayson Daen, 22; Charity Flores, 33; and; Reymar Dayson Daen, 34.

Matta said the truck was heading to Cabuyao City when it hit a concrete post along the national road at around 1 a.m. on Monday.

The strong impact, according to Matta, inflicted serious injuries to the victims, and the driver died as a result of the accident.

In Batangas, police are still verifying the report of a vehicular accident in Agoncillo town.

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