7 hurt after jeepney falls into ravine
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – Seven commuters were injured, two of them seriously, when the jeepney they were riding fell into a ravine in Barangay Baraoas here Thursday afternoon.
Chief Inspector Ronald Allan Rupisan of San Fernando City police, identified the driver of the vehicle – an Isuzu-type jeepney with plate number ACE934 – as Arnulfo N. Galvez, Jr., 34, a resident of the same barangay.
Initial investigation showed that Galvez parked the vehicle in front of his home at around 11:50 p.m. to unload a sack of feeds. After delivering the feeds, he returned to the vehicle and started the engine.
Galvez, however, decided to return to his house to get something, leaving the vehicle on neutral gear. The vehicle then rolled forward and fell into an estimated 20-foot deep ravine.
Five of the passengers identified as Emily C. Nisperos, Rialyn C. Graycochea, Rosie Graycochea, Francisco G. Ducusin, and Rogelio Ebreo, all residents of Brgy. Pacpaco, were able to jump off the vehicle before it fell into ravine.
Wilma G. Ducusin, 35, and Ireen M. Bancuyo, 33, were not as quick to react, thus sustaining severe injuries.
All passengers were rushed to the Ilocos Training Regional Medical Center for medical treatment.
The driver, who manifested his willingness to indemnify the injured passengers, was also brought to the City Health Office for medical treatment.
SEVEN passengers were hurt when a public transport jeep fell into a ravine at Barangay Baraoas, San Fernando City, La Union Thursday afternoon.