About 47 people on their way home from a wedding were injured when the Canter truck they were riding fell on its side in Purok Mabuhay, Barangay Pandanon in Don Salvador Benedicto town, Negros Occidental, at about 5:45 p.m. yesterday.
Inspector Celjun Nemenio, the town’s police chief, said Canter truck was driven by Jolibert Gonzales, 50, who was being investigated by the DSB police last night.
Gonzales told the DAILY STAR he was driving downhill when he shifted gears and stepped on the brakes that malfunctioned, causing him to hit the cement barrier on the side of the road to prevent the vehicle from falling down a cliff.
The vehicle fell on its side and the people in the back of the truck were thrown off, and the legs of a flower girl, about 6 years old, were pinned under the vehicle, he added.
Gonzales said he and his two companions in the cab of the vehicle were unharmed.
He and the passengers, many of whom were his relatives, had gone to Calatrava town in northern Negros Occidental for a wedding, he also said.
They were on their way home to Purok Malipayon, Barangay Busay, Bago City, when the accident happened, he added.
The injured passengers, whose names were not available as of press time, were rushed to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital and the Bacolod AdventistMedicalCenter, Nemenio said.*CPG