5 es­cape death as jeep falls into ravine


SAN FER­NANDO CITY, La Union: Five of the seven pas­sen­gers of a pub­lic util­ity jeep (PUJ) nar­rowly es­caped death when they jump-off as it was fall­ing into a 50-foot ravine in Baraoas Vil­lage here on Thurs­day.

Two who got fran­tic and stayed in­side the fall­ing jeep were se­verely in­jured.

The five who cheated death and sus­tained only mi­nor in­juries were Emily Nis­peros, Ria­lyn Gray­cochea, Rosie Gray­cochea, Fran­cisco Du­cusin and Rogelio Ebreo, all from the neigh­bor­ing Barangay Pac­paco. The two oth­ers se­ri­ously in­jured were Wilma Du­cusin, 35, and Irene Ban­cuyo, 33. They were all brought to the Ilo­cos Train­ing Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter for treat­ment.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said driver Ar­nulfo Galvez parked the jeep­ney ( ACE- 934) be­side the road to un­load a sack of an­i­mal feeds. Go­ing back he started the en­gine but alighted again to pick up some­thing from his house leav­ing the en­gine run­ning.

Galvez claimed he put the break in neu­tral gear when he restarted the en­gine but he did not no­tice it moved for­ward when he got off and the pas­sen­gers pan­icked as the jeep­ney headed down the deep ravine. His jeep­ney was heav­ily dam­aged. Baraoas Vi­lage is a re­mote area and 30-minute drive from the city proper and passes through zigzag roads and deep ravines.

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