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16 Catholic devotees injured in Zamboanga road mishap

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Over a dozen people were injured after a speeding passenger jeep overturned on a downhill road in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines.

The jeep was carrying devotees who were returning home from Mount Abong-Abong where a Catholic shrine and a huge cross were erected on top decades ago and visited by Christian devotees on Holy Week. An initial report said the driver lost control of the jeep and overturned.

A speeding passenger jeep overturns Friday, April 19, 2019 while travelling on a downhil slope at Mount Abong-Abong in Zamboanga City. (Photos courtesy of Zamboanga City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office.)

Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco Salazar has ordered emergency teams to the area and brought the injured to hospitals. She said 16 passengers were hurt in the accident.

She also ordered the police to investigate the driver and interview passengers to determine whether the Friday night accident was caused by reckless driving or mechanical failure.

Salazar said more than 112,000 devotees had flocked to Mount Abong-Abong for their Lenten rituals. She said 6 people were also rushed to hospital for fatigue and various health reasons, but nothing was serious.

“The Holy Week was successful and we want to thank the police and military and all those who stayed in Mount Abong-Abong to ensure security and order so devotees may pray solemnly to God,” Salazar said.

On Saturday, Salazar deployed many teams to clean up the trash, mostly plastic bottles and food wraps, left behind by devotees and visitors. (The Zamboanga Post)


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