Sunday, January 22, 2006

3 Killed, 8 Injured In Freak Road Accident In Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Zamboanga Journal / 22 Jan) Three people were killed, including a five-year old boy, and 8 others seriously injured in a freak road accident involving two trucks, a tractor, a mini van and a motorcycle, on a highway in Zamboanga del Sur province in the southern Philippines, officials said.

Officials said a 14-wheeler truck rammed a parked military truck and then ran over a motorcycle and hitting a mini van before crashing on three houses in Padap highway in Labangan town on Saturday.

All three passengers of the motorcycle -- a couple and their boy -- were killed, while 5 soldiers and three civilians were wounded in the collision that also destroyed 3 automatic rifles owned by the soldiers. No one was reported hurt or killed inside the houses, officials said.

"We have directed the Judge Advocate General's Office to conduct an investigation and to file appropriate charges against," A military spokesman Maj. Gamal Hayudini told the Zamboanga Journal.

Initial police investigation said the driver of the 14-wheeler truck Roland Obillas lost control of the vehicle. Obillas' truck was transporting a tractor to the Agusan del Sur province when the accident occurred. The soldiers were on their way to camp, it said.

The military identified those who died as Edgar Saucilio, 30; his wife Genelyn, 30; and son Ellacer, 5.

And the wounded were Sgts. Narciso Cubalan and Jerry Cataculan, and Pfcs. Isidro Laurion, Munib Baid and Taib Asani, all from the Army's 10th Infantry Battalion, and Obillas and his helpers Zeric Martinez and Albert Bigyan.

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