3 die, 18 injured as jeep falls into ravine in Sorsogon

LEGAZPI CITY —- Three persons died while 18 others were injured after the passenger jeepney they were riding fell into a 30-meter ravine along the Maharlika National Highway in Matnog, Sorsogon on Tuesday afternoon, the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO5) here reported on Wednesday morning.

Sr. Insp. Ma.Luisa Calubaquib, PRO5 spokesperson, said the jeepney (EVU-783) was traversing the highway along Sitio Colonia, Barangay Hidhid in Matnog town around 4:30 p.m. when its driver lost control of the brakes along a curved portion of the road.

She said the jeepney crashed into the steel railings on the side of the road before plunging down the ravine.

Calubaquib said Josefa Hilao, 78, and Judy Hilao, 60, both from Barangay Pagtabunan, Matnog town; and Bermalet Alcantara, 32, of Tabaco City, Albay, died on the spot after they were pinned down inside the wreckage of the jeepney.

She said the 18 injured passengers were rushed to the Medicare and Community Hospital and Sorsogon Provincial Hospital, both in Sorsogon City, and the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in this city.

Jeepney driver Joey Garalde now faces a case of reckless imprudence resulting to multiple homicide and multiple physical injuries, according to the Municipal Police Office in Bulusan, Sorsogon which held the driver in custody. Jorge Hallare/PNA-northboundasia.com