Thirty people were injured in separate accidents involving passenger jeepneys in Quezon on Friday, police said.
Eleven people were hurt when one jeepney slammed into a stall and turned turtle in Brgy. Tiawe, Lucban, around 12 p.m., SPO1 Erwin Bebida, investigator at the local police, said in his report.
Niko Matibag, 19, and Mark Lawrence Limbrada, 18, both of Brgy. Gisgis, Sariaya, were seriously injured and the former had to be transferred to the Lucena Doctors Hospital, Bebida said.
Limbrada, along with Samuel Frances, 21; Ma. Cecilia Folitada, 34; Marita Embrado, 59; Mary Grace Folitado, 28; Leovihilda Salud, 62; Kim Kirby de Torres, 14; Gina Armamento, 53; Valeria Escamillas, 54; and Jay Mark Magboo who all suffered minor injuries, were treated at the MMG Hospital in Lucban.
The 11 were all passengers of the jeepney (VDW-885) driven by Adrian Magboo.
Magboo was driving the jeepney towards Laguna when he allegedly lost control of the steering wheel while maneuvering at the curved portion of the National Road in Sitio Malaking Kurba, Bebida said.
Police are still tracking down the driver, who fled on foot after the incident, he said.
Around 5:30 p.m., 19 more people were injured when another jeepney fell on a ricefield in Brgy. Camaysa, Tayabas City, SPO1 Felicito Labitigan, one of the policemen who investigated the incident, said.
Injured were Geheanna Ashera Abuel, 17; Mara Jhason Imperial, 18; Carnela Saavedra, 17; Jay Belle Jalbuena, 17; Wencester Reforma, 20; Abegail Cabriga, 13; Ma. Felomina Ederon, 27; Donalds Tanedo, 20; Bayzon Zatarain, 26; Jeizel Mae Jabola, 17; Matala Claude Zobel, 19; Abante Daylo Avinante, 20; Marissa Lucida Villanueva, 38; Sara Naynes, 17; Noriel Janeen Zairah, 16; Irrane Salazar, 17; Jay-R Raneses, 26; Ma. Ruffa Coladilla, 21; and Maurine Lomoligo, 18.
The 19, most of whom are students, were all passengers of the jeepney (DXT-962) driven by Felomeno Santuyo Jr.
Santuyo was driving the jeep from Lucban to Tayabas City proper when the brakes malfunctioned, causing the vehicle to skid to right shoulder of the Provincial Road until it landed on a rice field, Labitigan said.
Responding policemen brought the driver to the Tayabas City Police Station for further investigation. (John Roson)
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