2 dead, 12 hurt in Davao City accident

Posted at 06/28/2011 10:23 PM | Updated as of 06/29/2011 12:47 AM

DAVAO CITY, Philippines - Two people, including a toddler, died while 12 others were injured when a truck rammed 3 vehicles in Matina, Davao City on Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The fatalities were identified as 3-year-old Antoine Francisco and Imee Belardo.

Francisco was on board the taxi cab while Belardo was a passenger of a multicab. The toddler's mother, Glocie Francisco, was injured.

The truck also hit a bus, according to investigators.

The other injured victims were identified as Jonamae Anojado, Carmia Aninon, Rene Avellana, Roel Hermoginez, Eric Ramona, Irene Tatad, Lanie Bustamante, Jennilyn Palmero, Ronald Brion, and Eduardo Perez.

They have been brought to nearby hospitals.

An initial investigation said Henry Bengil was driving the truck coming from the high portion of Shrine Hills when the vehicle's brakes reportedly failed.

The vehicle first hit a taxi before heading straight into a car wash shop.

Police are now preparing criminal charges against the truck driver. - Report from Hernel Tocmo, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao