Hearse Causes Damage in Manila
Oct. 30, 1998
MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ A hearse rolled away from a hilltop church east of Manila, hitting at least 20 churchgoers and damaging four parked vehicles before it was stopped by its driver, police said today.
Police investigator Ireneo Gatchalian said the driver of the hearse had left the vehicle Wednesday to help carry a casket out of the church for burial when the car began to roll down the Antipolo church road.
The hearse hit 20 people, including a lawyer whose left leg had to be amputated, and damaged a truck, a van and two motorcycles before the driver was able to stop it, Gatchalian said. The driver was arrested and appropriate charges will be filed against him, he said.
The casket was picked up by another hearse and buried a few hours later, Gatchalian said.