2 die, 38 hurt in Zambo road mishap

ZAMBOANGA CITY — A passenger jeep overturned in a remote barangay here Saturday, killing two people and wounding 38 others.
The Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) said the incident occurred in Barangay Lanzones, this city at about 7 a.m.

Police identified the fatalities as Amir dela Cruz and Elvis delos Reyes, 38. Dela Cruz died instantly while delos Reyes later expired in the hospital.

The passenger jeep, driven by Dessie John Enriquez, 36, was loaded with cargo and passengers and traveling to the city proper when it fell into a ditch and overturned, police said.

Enriquez told authorities the vehicle’s brake malfunctioned while they were descending a road, prompting him to apply engine brakes by shifting to a low gear, but to no avail.

He lost control of the steering wheel as he was forced to shift to a high gear, causing the jeep to fall into a ditch and overturn.

Police said some of the wounded passengers were pinned down and some were thrown off the ill-fated vehicle.  Teofilo Garcia, Jr/PNA-northboundasia.com