Thursday, April 21, 2011

Zamboanga road collision injures 21 people

A motorcycle taxi passes in front of a row of stores in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Apr. 21, 2011) – At least 21 people were injured when a passenger jeep collided with a private car on Thursday in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines, police said.

Police said the victims were rushed to three hospitals for their injuries.

“We are still investigating the accident, but initial report pointed to the jeep as the culprit here. The jeep was overtaking another vehicle when it collided head on with the car,” police desk officer Oscar Fajardo told the Mindanao Examiner.

He said the accident occurred at around 10.30 a.m. on a seaside village called Upper Calarian.

It was not immediately known the wounded would press criminal charges against the driver of the jeep who was among those injured in the crash.

Other reports said the jeep driver had no license to drive and that his jeep had an expired registration papers and under the traffic law a person cannot drive without those permits. And if proven he had no papers, the driver could also end up being banned for life by transportation authorities to drive a motor vehicle. (Mindanao Examiner)

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