7 dead in New Year’s Day mishap in Lubao

LUBAO, Pampanga — Seven have died in a multi-vehicle mishap on New Year’s Day in Barangay San Agustin here. Reports show the accident involved a pick-up truck, a passenger jeepney and a flatbed truck.

The mishap transpired around 5 pm on New Year’s Day when a passenger jeepney on the way to the City of San Fernando lost control after being hit by a pick-up truck. It was rammed further by a fish truck when it swerved to the other lane.

Seven of the 22 jeepney passengers who died on the spot were identified as Marie Grace David; Rowel Flores, 22; Linette Balite, 18; Princess Quinto; Alex Razheed Nilayan; John Raven Astrero; and Mary Grace Castro.

Nine others were hurt in the accident, according to reports. Seven of them were rushed to the Pampanga Medical Specialist Hospital and two others at Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

Police said the driver of the pickup truck, identified as Alexander Domingo, 68, is facing charges for reckless imprudence resulting to multiple homicide, physical injuries and damage to properties. Domingo is now detained at the Lubao Municipal Police Station.