A GOVERNMENT-OWNED dump truck carrying dozens of students, parents and teachers in Boljoon, Cebu yesterday went wayward and crashed killing at least eight young elementary school pupils and a parent and injuring 16 others.
The Boljoon Police Station identified the fatalities as Clint Isidore Dugang, 10; Riza Mae Vinan, 10; Jerome Niere, 11; Jefferson Jorpo, 11; Mary Ann Filipino, 12; Janna Delos Santos, 12; Mark Loyd Mosqueda, 12; Alexander Villanueva, 20; and Victoria, Gorozon, a 40-year-old parent.
Sixteen others, including dump truck driver Danilo Niere, were injured. The others were Thea Joy Felipe, 8; Elvie Jean Gorozon, 9; Roy Quadero Endrina, 9; Angel Ceciban, 10; Reyan Jhade Bentazal, 10; Reyan Jhade Bentazal, 10; Reyan Jhade Bentazal, 10; Lutchie May Romeo Rota, 11; Bernie Niere, 11; Imee Clear Rivas, 11; Annrose Niere, 11; Roxan May Endrina, 11; Aga Oliveros, 12; and Chan Love Mie Endrina, 27.
Niere, the driver of the Foton mini-dump truck owned by the Boljoon municipal government, was negotiating the downhill road in Sitio Lingatong, Bgy. Upper Becril when he lost control of the vehicle causing it to crash.
As a result, eight students from the Nangka and San Antonio Elementary Schools died after they were thrown off the truck while others were pinned underneath.
Several others were seriously wounded and taken to local hospitals in Cebu City for treatment.
The pupils were supposed to join the District Nutrition and Cultural Sports Meet, an undertaking by the Department of Education (DepEd), when they met the accident.
Boljoon Municipal Police Station chief Lt. Roland Pogoy said that Niere will be facing charges for reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide, multiple physical injuries and damage to property.
The dump truck was badly damaged as a result of the crash.
DEPED EXTENDS CONDOLENCES
The DepEd extends its sincerest condolences to the bereaved families of eight learners who died in the Boljoon road accident.
A total of 39 learners from Nangka and San Antonio Elementary Schools, together with two parents and two teachers, were on their way to a district athletic meet on a mini dump truck when the accident happened.
The DepEd regional office issued a memorandum to its field units to appeal for financial assistance for the victims.
DepEd calls on its partner government agencies and local government units to ensure the safety of roads and vehicles to avoid similar incidents.
It likewise reminds its officials to always prioritize the safety of learners, especially in conducting activities that require them to travel outside of school premises.
With Jun Legaspi, Arlene Rivera and John Christopher Balangatan