2 dead as gov’t dump truck rams into crowd of ayuda recipients in Bulacan

Dwight de Leon
2 dead as gov’t dump truck rams into crowd of ayuda recipients in Bulacan
(3rd UPDATE) San Jose del Monte City officials say the fatalities in the accident outside city hall are the truck driver and a cash aid beneficiary

A dump truck of the San Jose del Monte city government in Bulacan plowed into a crowd who were getting their cash assistance outside the city hall on Tuesday, May 11, killing two people, including the driver.

City hall personnel claimed that the driver, identified as 57-year-old Herminio Gerona, suffered a heart attack while driving the mini-dump truck. 

City traffic chief Bobby Esquivel said that Gerona was a local government employee hired in 2018 but left in 2019 after suffering a stroke.

Ngayong March 2021, bumalik po iyan sa opisina namin iyan, may dalang fit-to-work certificate. Syempre, muli naming [tinanggap],” Esquivel said.

(He returned in March 2021 with a fit-to-work certificate. We hired him again.)

Five victims were brought to a nearby hospital, but one apparently was already dead, according to Esquivel.

Another person sustained critical injuries, while three others were already discharged after being treated for minor wounds.

“Tumawag kami ng ambulansya, kinarga iyong mga kritikal, dinala sa ospital (We called an ambulance, carried the critical victims, and brought them to the hospital), Malinao said.

Nearly 50 people were in a line to get their ‘ayuda‘ or financial assistance from the city hall when the incident happened on Tuesday morning, Malinao added. – Rappler.com

Dwight de Leon

Dwight de Leon is a multimedia reporter who covers local government units and the Commission on Elections for Rappler.