Mother and three-month-old baby killed after truck crashes into homes in Bulacan, Philippines

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An out-of-control truck ploughed into homes killing a mother and her three-month-old son. The 18-wheeler was carrying a digger on the back when it came off the road and smashed through buildings in Bulacan, the Philippines on Tuesday (Feb 18) afternoon. Michelle Ramos, 17, and her baby boy Matthew were killed in the collision. Her father-in-law was injured while her mother-in-law is still unconscious at the hospital. Ramos' husband, Rolly Bangit, tried to rescue his dying wife who was stuck under the debris. He then held her in his arms as she pleaded through tears to find their baby. Rolly said: ''I held her hand while trying to remove the debris on top her. Then I looked for our baby. She asked me where our baby was, then she slowly died while I was holding her. I couldn't do anything.'' Police arrested the truck driver Eliazar Lumawag. He allegedly told officers that he felt something was wrong with the truck when he started the journey but ignored it. He said that the brakes failed and was unable to control the vehicle when it went round a bend and hit the buildings. Michelle was working on her in-laws' watermelon store at the time. Several other people were injured and were taken to the hospital. Three other houses and several vehicles were also hit by the truck. The driver was held in the San Jose Del Monte police station where he allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine. He was later charged with reckless imprudence resulting in double homicide, multiple injury, damage to property and violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act. Police Corporal Dante de Guzman said: "We received information that the truck driver was under the influence of meth when the incident happened."
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    Jon
    "He allegedly told officers that he felt something was wrong with the truck when he started the journey but ignored it.", and with that statement he just released the owner of the truck all reliability and responsibility of the accident. Too bad, because the owner should have maintained the vehicle better but as the case in 90% of the vehicles on the road in the Philippines they are poorly maintained and accidents waiting to happen.
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    Artemio
    The Land Transportation Office of the Philippines should stop selling drivers licenses to applicants but instead the LTO should only grant drivers licenses if applicants have passed their theory and actual driving tests.
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    dave
    TRUCK AND BUS OWNERS SHOULD HAND IN THEIR SERVICING AND CHECKS OF THEIR VEHICLES TO LTO EVER 3 MONTHS IF NOT BAN IT FROM THE ROAD AND CHARGE THE OWNER AND THE DRIVER FOR HIM DRIVING WITHOUT AN UPDATED SERVICE CERTIFICATE
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    sheikhlaodum
    not only should the driver and owner be severely penalized but the police, / traffic authorities should also be penalized for dereliction of duty. specifically for failure to enforce ASt 4136, Section 34, Sub-Section b resulting in more lives lost DUE TO LACK OF ENFORCEMENT
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    Jun
    Another right hand drive truck converted to left hand drive. Improperly modifying the brake system causing corrosion when welded back
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    drachir
    Most road accidents are caused by human error and not attributed to faulty/ poorly maintained vehicles, kung titignan agad iyong truck ay tiyak maayos ang brake nun, kadalasan ang mabilis ang pagpapatakbo ng driver at nang magka gipitan sa kalsada ay nara-rattle o nagpapanick ang mga driver na sangkot sa aksidente...
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    Jan Michael
    Most drivers can't comprehend road sides, let alone read. I've taken my non-pro license years back and some applicants admitted they can't read. I suspect they have arranged everything under the table after that.
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    Carlo
    95% driver error 5% mechanical problems
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    Ricardo
    Most accidents caused by bus,trucks, all heavy vehicles.Special attention should be given to these.Nakakaumay na at maraming nadadamay.
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    sweet magnolia
    The wife is just 17 yrs old golly she’s just started her life as parent
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