Truck rams tent with people queuing up for financial aid in Bulacan; 1 dead, 4 hurt

By: Carmela Reyes-Estrope - Inquirer Central Luzon | May 12,2021 - 01:21 PM

This dump truck owned by the government of City of San Jose Del Monte plows through a tent that serves as a waiting area for people lining up to get financial aid. Police said the truck driver succumbed to a heart attack. One was killed while four others were injured in the accident. Photo courtesy of Police Regional Office in Central Luzon

CITY OF SAN JOSE DEL MONTE, Bulacan –– A government dump truck plowed through a tent here, where people lined up to get financial aid, killing one of them and injuring four others on Tuesday, police said.

Investigators said the truck driver suffered a heart attack and lost control of the vehicle, which caused it to swerve to the roadside around 8 a.m.

Col. Julius Alvaro, chief of police of San Jose del Monte, said driver Herminio Gerona, 57, from Barangay Graceville, was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Alvaro said Analyn Somooc, 54, a native of Iloilo City and a resident of Barangay Graceville, died while being taken to a hospital.

Injured were construction workers Ronilo Navarro and Mario Dela Rosa, and Mary Rose Eustaquio, and Cecilia Beramo, all residents of Graceville.

They were waiting for their turn to get financial aid from the government in a tent outside the city hall.

Ronald Soriano, city information officer, said the city government would shoulder the cost of hospitalization and funeral of the victims.

Mayor Arthur Robes and Congresswoman Rida Robes will also give financial assistance to the families of Gerona and Samooc, including those injured.

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