7 hurt in Bato road accident
 
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SIX WERE INJURED. in last Friday’s road accident in Bote (top photo) while a candidate for Panganiban vice mayor and four passengers escaped unscathed from the SUV (bottom photo) that went off the highway in San Miguel town after the driver apparently went asleep at the wheel.

A passenger jeep lost its brakes while descending on the provincial road in Bote, Bato last Friday morning and toppled on its side when it hit the nearby mountainside.

The Bato police station reported that the blue Isuzu jeepney (EVN858) driven by Ronnie Temones, 52, was travelling on the descending, curved portion of the road at 6:30 A.M. of May 3, 2019 when the vehicle allegedly lost its brakes. The runaway jeepney then barreled into the forested side of the mountain before falling on its left side.

The driver was unharmed but his six passengers - Ariel Solo, 30, a casual employee; Roy Bernal, 20, a butcher; Ranny Valenzuela, 28, a construction worker; Roberto Tapel, 39, a farmer; Jomari Valenzuela, 20, a construction worker; and, Armando Mendez, 63 - sustained injuries and were rushed to the Bato Maternity and Children's Hospital. All seven, except for Mendez who is from Carorian, are residents of Bote.

The other Saturday, a candidate for vice mayor in Panganiban town and his four passengers escaped unharmed when the sport utility vehicle they were riding fell off the road in San Miguel town.

According to the police, incumbent councilor Melchor Velasco, 49, was driving the Mitsubishi Montero Sport (PIJ 688) from Panganiban to Virac when he allegedly fell asleep at the wheel at about 11:30 A.M.

As a result, the SUV fell into a ditch at the side of the road.

He and his passengers - Daniel Marie Sophia Velasco, 17, Janice Suarez, 36, Michael Andrew Suarez, 5, and Michael Angelo Suarez, 11 – did not sustain any injury and were able to safely exit from the vehicle.


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