AN elderly and their companion died while two others were hurt when a wayward Isuzu Elf truck rammed a Toyota Innova van parked in front of a local plantito shop while the victims were buying plants at the said store Thursday afternoon in Sto. Domingo, Nueva Ecija.
Killed on the spot were spouses Reynaldo, 76, and Teresita Erive, senior citizen, both of Cabanatuan City, and their companion Ricky Amistad, caretaker of Erive Farms.
Injured were the Isuzu Elf truck driver identified as Rodrigo Cando Jr., of the New Emerald Home Glass Aluminum Supply based in Cabanatuan City and plantito shop owner Lito Solomon, of Bgy. Sto. Rosario, this town.
Town police acting head Major Herbert G. Ocumen said the truck went out of control and climbed the road shoulder before ramming the Innova van driven by Reynaldo.
Due to the impact, the front part of the truck and van was crushed.
Mrs. Erive and Amistad, who were both in front of the plantito shop buying plants died instantly.
Mrs. Erive was pinned between the two vehicles while Amistad was hit by the truck’s cargo of steel bars.
Ocumen said Solomon was brought to a Cabanatuan city hospital while Reynaldo was declared dead on arrival at the PJGMRMC in Talavera.
The wounded truck driver was taken to the police station for proper disposition, said Ocumen.