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Grandmother killed, 17 others injured in Aklan van crash

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A grandmother was killed while 17 others were brought to a nearby hospital after a vehicular accident in Ibajay, Aklan last week.

According to Police Corporal Daniel Morris Galano, past 6 a.m. on Friday,  a passenger van tried to overtake a tricycle and collided with a pickup truck parked at a nearby eatery.

“Iniwasan niya ‘po ‘yung nakaparadang pickup truck, tapos ‘pag biglang kabig niya po pakaliwa, biglang tumama po ‘yung pwetan ng van doon sa nakaparadang pickup truck, tapos ‘yun na po ‘yung naging sanhi ng kanya pong hindi nakontrol at nagpaikot ikot po ng ilang beses,” he said in a report on GMA’s “24 Oras Weekend” on Sunday.

(He tried to avoid the parked pickup truck but the rear end collided when he maneuvered to the left. This caused him to lose control and the van to flip several times.)

The unidentified fatality was a 63-year-old female, while 17 other passengers, including three children, were brought to the provincial hospital of Kalibo, Aklan.

Four passengers remain confined in the hospital, three of whom tested positive for COVID-19, including a child currently being treated in the intensive care unit of the COVID-19 ward.

Other passengers of the van are currently in isolation after being exposed to the virus.

The driver of the passenger van — identified as a certain Feljun Caberoy — fled the scene and is now being pursued by authorities.

“‘Pag mayroon tayong biyahe na mahaba, magkaroon po tayo ng sapat na pahinga. Advisable po na dito sa kaliwa po mag-overtake para maiwasan natin ‘yung kagayang obserbasyon na meron pa lang naka-park don,” said Galano.

(Drivers are urged to have enough rest during long trips. It is advisable to overtake at the left side of the road to avoid similar incidents.)

— DVM, GMA News

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