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Thursday, July 4, 2013

FOUR school children were killed and three others seriously wounded in a roadside accident in front of a state university in Biliran, Leyte, on Wednesday evening.

The Biliran police identified the fatalities who died on the spot as siblings Marvic Joefe Garis, 9, and Florence, 7; and Maria Rosi Bacalla, 9 and her sister Glori Jane, 12.

The wounded victims — Jennel Napoles, 7; Jea and Cristine Bacalla — were immediately brought to Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in Tacloban City for medical attention, police said.

The victims are all elementary grade pupils in a local school in Biliran.

According to initial police investigation, the victims were playing along a highway in Barangay San Isidro in front of Naval State University around 7:30 p.m. when Poncio Banlutan, crew cab driver of Biliran Electric Cooperative, lost control of the vehicle and ran over the victims.

The driver voluntarily surrendered to the local police and is presently detained at Biliran police, pending the filing of appropriate charges against him. (PNA/Sunnex)

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