DepEd condoles with families of 8 students in Cebu road crash
The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday expressed its condolences to the family of the eight learners who died in a road crash in Boljoon, Cebu.
In a statement, the DepEd said it has received reports that the learners and a parent died while on their way to a district athletic meet on Friday.
The DepEd added the victims were on a mini dump truck, together with 31 other learners, two teachers, a parent from Nangka and San Antonio Elementary Schools.
A report from the Boljoon, Cebu police station said a mini dump truck owned by the Boljoon municipal government was traveling along Barangay Nangka when the vehicle’s brakes stopped working.
Police said the truck lost its brakes, and the driver, Daniel Niere, attempted to bring the vehicle to an uphill area to stop it, but the vehicle turned on its side and fell into a ravine in Barangay Upper Becerril.
Eight students from Nangka and San Antonio Elementary Schools and a woman died on the spot, according to police.
At least 9 died and several injured when a dumptruck lost its brakes and fell off a ravine in a cliff in Boljoon, Cebu. Photo courtesy: Julito Medrano
Police said the dump truck which is owned by the local government of Boljoon was supposed to pick up students on their way to join a parade for a district athletic meet and meet other students in Barangay Upper Becerril when the truck reportedly lost its brakes as it went downhill.
Mayor Merlou Derama said teachers requested to use the mini dump truck to transport the students for the meet. He added it was the usual procedure, since there was no other vehicle available for the upland barangay students.
Boljoon is around 106 kilometers south of the capital Cebu City.
The information is from the Boljoon Police Station’s spot report.
Jerome Niere (11 years old)
Mary Ann Filipino (12 years old)
Janna Delos Santos (12 years old)
Clint Isidore Dugang (10 years old)
Jefferson Jorpo (11 years old)
Alexander Villanueva (20 years old)
Mark Loyd Mosqueda (12 years old)
Riza Mae Vinan (10 years old)
Angel Ceciban (10 years old)
Elvie Jean Gorozon (9 years old)
Aga Oliveros (12 years old)
Reyan Jhade Bentazal (10 years old)
Lutchie May Romeo Rota (11 years old)
Roy Quadero Endrina (9 years old)
Alexes Mitch Alloso (10 years old)
Analyn Legarte (10 years old)
Mark Louie Culanag (10 years old)
Thea Joy Felipe (8 years old)
Bernie Niere (11 years old)
Roxan May Endrina (11 years old)
Chan Love Mie Endrina (27 years old)
Imee Clear Rivas (11 years old)
Annrose Niere (11 years old)
(With reports from AFP and CDN Digital)