9 killed, 1 hurt in Cavite, Philippines after LPG truck runs into eatery after brake failure

At least nine people are confirmed death including a two year old child after a truck delivering LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) went out of control and rammed into an eatery in Cavite province Philippines before dawn on Wednesday.

Police and nearby witnesses stated that they seen hundreds of LPG tanks explode after the truck they were in became out of control and hit an electric post, just after an attempt by its driver to overtake another truck.

A worker on the vehicle explained after the crash ”We were heading for Batangas pier to get to Occidental Mindoro. We just overtook a trailer truck when our vehicle’s brakes failed. We managed to avoid hitting other vehicles until we crashed and our LPG cargo fell from the truck”. Esmelia and fellow helper Jun Espartero were arrested and detained at a nearby police station, even as police look for truck driver Merco Lachica and fellow helper Joel Ocawan.
Wednesday’s incident occurred less than 24 hours after a sport-utility vehicle crashed in Dasmariñas City, killing seven people and injuring five. In Wednesday’s incident, at least six of the nine fatalities were from the King James eatery, according to a report by dzBB’s Denver Trinidad.
They included

  • Jocelyn Bascugin (eatery owner)

  • James Bascugin 2 (son)

  • Jonald Bascugin, 12 (son)

  • Natalie Roa, 21

  • Julie Ann Vergara, 18

  • Joy Ann, 21

  • Jeremy, 25

  • The other two fatalities were not immediately identified.
    At least one person (not identified yet) was injured and rushed to a nearby hospital.

William Tungcol, a security guard from Mount View Industrial Park nearby said “The truck hit an electric post and then hit a parked car. Its LPG cargo then snapped loose”.
Initial investigation showed the incident occurred around 1 a.m. at the eatery at Governors’ Drive in Bangkal village in Carmona town.
The area is considered accident-prone due to the lack of lighting.
The Elf-type truck (VRA-361) driven by Lachica had come from Rosario, Cavite. Police theorized sparks from the electric post ignited the fumes from the LPG tanks.

4 comments for “9 killed, 1 hurt in Cavite, Philippines after LPG truck runs into eatery after brake failure

  1. TropicalPenpals
    June 23, 2010 at 2:16 am

    New Blog post 9 killed, 1 hurt in Cavite, Philippines after LPG truck runs into eatery after brake failure . …

    • AlejandroSkard
      June 23, 2010 at 6:56 am

      @TropicalPenpals hello .. thanks for following me ..r u a filipino..?

  2. Tropicalpenpals
    June 23, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Hi Keith, big problem here is its too normal and people generally accept it “just happens”. Only reason they took a big interest in the last 2 weeks is the Iranians not good to kill off tourists/students. What I found bizarre was it was reported the local tourism industry “wouldn't be affected”. Well that's ok then means nothing needs to be done to stop dangerous vehicles killing people :-s

  3. Keith Hughes
    June 23, 2010 at 2:25 am

    and it continues