Couple killed by a wayward truck


BOCAUE, Bulacan—A couple was gruesomely killed after they were ejected from their vehicle and were ran over by a wayward truck which had also hit five other vehicles in a car pile-up accident (karambola) along the MacArthur highway in this town on Monday. 

Bulacan police director Col. Relly Arnedo identified the victims as rice millers Laureano Mendoza, 50 and his live-in partner, Jennifer Tarog, 51, from Barangay Caingin this town. They were on board their tricycle and were traveling along the north bound lane in Barangay Wakas bound to the Inter City Rice Mill in the area when at around 2:15 pm, their vehicle was hit by a wayward Isuzu Tractor Head Truck registered as RLX-142 being driven by Juanito Singson, 38, from Barangay Libtong, City of Meycauayan. 

Singson suddenly lost control of the truck because of brake failure. The truck hit the rear end portion of a Toyota Fortunner, registered as NDW-7752 being driven by Daniel Joseph Cruz, 48 from Sta. Maria town. 

Because of the strong impact, the Fortunner then hit the rear end portion of the tricycle. The tricycle then collided with the rear end portion of L-300 van registered as CBK-6715 being driven by Jerron dela Cruz, 40, of Rocka Village Barangay Tabang,Paridel town. The right front portion of the van then hit the rear left side portion of a passenger jeep registered s CWC-337 and being driven by Alfredo Perante Jr., 36, from Pandi town. 

Subsequently, the wayward tractor head truck swerved to the left side and collided with the tricycle.  Because of the strong impact, Mendoza and Tarog were ejected out of their vehicle and were dragged away and later were ran over by the truck. Th truck also hit two more vehicles, this time from the opposite direction—an Isuzu Drop Side truck registered as RFC-684 being driven by Lorenzo Binuya, 40, from Neva Ecija and a Toyota Cross SUV registered as NOV-4092 being driven by Mary Lois Salvdor, 36, also from Bocaue town. 

Health and rescue officials found Tarog’s body whose legs were smashed at the middle of the highway while the body of her live-in partner was retrieved underneath the front right wheel portion of the truck along  the north outer lane of the highway. 

Several videos of the scene of the accidents were uploaded by netizens including the gruesome body of the victims. 

Singson was arrested by the police and facing several charges before the Bulacan Provincial Prosecutors Office. 

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