Mother and three-month-old baby killed after truck crashes into homes in Philippines

An out-of-control truck ploughed into homes killing a mother and her three-month-old son.

The 18-wheeler was carrying a digger on the back when it came off the road and smashed through buildings in Bulacan, the Philippines on Tuesday (Feb 18) afternoon.

Michelle Ramos, 17, and her baby boy Matthew were killed in the collision.

Her father-in-law was injured while her mother-in-law is still unconscious at the hospital.

Ramos' husband, Rolly Bangit, tried to rescue his dying wife who was stuck under the debris. He then held her in his arms as she pleaded through tears to find their baby.

Rolly said: ''I held her hand while trying to remove the debris on top her. Then I looked for our baby. She asked me where our baby was, then she slowly died while I was holding her. I couldn't do anything.''

Police arrested the truck driver Eliazar Lumawag. He allegedly told officers that he felt something was wrong with the truck when he started the journey but ignored it. He said that the brakes failed and was unable to control the vehicle when it went round a bend and hit the buildings.

Michelle was working on her in-laws' watermelon store at the time. Several other people were injured and were taken to the hospital. Three other houses and several vehicles were also hit by the truck.

The driver was held in the San Jose Del Monte police station where he allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine. He was later charged with reckless imprudence resulting in double homicide, multiple injury, damage to property and violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Police Corporal Dante de Guzman said: "We received information that the truck driver was under the influence of meth when the incident happened."

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