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14 studes hurt as wayward jeepney overturns

By FROILAN GALLARDO
Special Correspondent

A WAYWARD jeepney overturned after negotiating a downhill portion of the Diosdado Macapagal highway here, hurting 14 of its passengers who were senior high students on Friday afternoon.

S/Sgt. Rey Corpus, a traffic investigator, said the jeepney lost its brake while moving down the hill and the driver bumped a vehicle ahead of him to slow his descent.

Corpus said still, the momentum forced the jeepney to crash and overturn on the highway.

“The PUJ crashed and rested at a shoulder of the road with its wheels upward,” Corpus said.

He said 14 senior high students of Merry Child School in Barangay Bulua, were rushed by first-aid responders to the JR Borja Memorial General Hospital in Carmen.

Corpus said the students had just finished their retreat at Manresa and hired the jeepney to bring them to their school.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board regional director Aminoden Guro said he would order an investigation into the accident.

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