5 survive truck’s plunge into ravine

A boom truck which lost control fell into a deep ravine along the national highway in Caramoran town last week, with its crew of five miraculously escaping serious injuries, the Catanduanes police reported.

According to the report, Deomedes Zamudio Alberto, 47, of Gogon Sirangan, Virac, was driving the white Isuzu Elf boom truck (TME 925) at about 3:15 P.M. of May 19, 2020 along the highway at barangay Hitoma when he felt the vehicle veer out of control.

He advised its four passengers – construction workers Ken Capistrano Santelices, 25, of Bislig, San Andres, Ricky Gonzales Magno, 34, of Divino Rostro, San Andres, and Carlito Camacho Ibayan, 54, of Lictin, San Andres, and glass installer Joey Alfaro Panti, 35, also of Lictin – not to jump from the runaway vehicle as they might get pinned down.

As the truck tried to negotiate a curved portion of the road, it veered towards the embankment and fell down the steep ravine.

The five crash survivors were brought to the Caramoran Municipal Hospital in Datag for treatment of minor injuries.

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