Lando Gantang : One Dead, Nine Injured in Dump Truck and Jeepney Collision in Pampanga

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : MABALACAT CITY, Pampanga — Tragedy struck in Lubao, Pampanga on Wednesday morning when a dump truck collided with a passenger jeepney along Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA), resulting in one fatality and nine injuries.

The victim was identified as Lando Gantang, a 43-year-old resident of Lubao and one of the passengers in the jeepney. The incident occurred at around 8:10 a.m. as the jeepney was traveling from Lubao to the City of San Fernando. The dump truck, with plate number CAT2192, was traveling in the opposite direction towards Bataan when it suddenly rammed into the jeepney.

According to the police investigation, the dump truck was on the inner lane of JASA when the driver lost control of the vehicle. This caused the truck to turn around and collide with the approaching jeepney. The jeepney driver, Joseph Santos, 48, was also rushed to the hospital for treatment.

The dump truck driver, identified as Alvin Martin, 34, has been detained and is now facing a formal complaint for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, multiple physical injuries, and damage to properties. Lieutenant Colonel Dederick Relativo, the chief of police in Lubao, advised motorists to remain vigilant and exercise caution when traveling along the highway, particularly along JASA.

This is not the first tragic incident to occur along JASA. On December 26, 2021, an infant and six other individuals lost their lives when a speeding minibus collided with two tricycles and a waiting shed filled with people. Similarly, on January 1, 2020, seven passengers were killed and several others injured after a San Fernando-bound jeepney was rammed by a truck. These accidents serve as a reminder of the importance of road safety and the need for drivers to exercise caution.

The recent collision highlights the ongoing issue of road accidents along JASA. Authorities should consider implementing stricter traffic regulations and increasing police presence in the area to prevent further tragedies. It is crucial for drivers to prioritize the safety of all road users and adhere to traffic laws to avoid such devastating incidents in the future.

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