Itogon accident kills 2, injures 5 more

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Monday, April 7, 2014


ITOGON, Benguet -- Highland roads continue to claim lives.

On April 5, Saturday afternoon, two persons died and five were seriously wounded after their vehicle plunged into a 100-meter deep ravine at Sitio Camisong, Barangay Loacan, Itogon.

Benguet police chief Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said the accident happened at 4:30 in the afternoon when a dark blue Toyota Hilux with plate No. UFU 284 owned and driven by Cyrilo Cosalan Blas, 55, fell off the cliff.

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Blas, an overseas Filipino worker from Canada, was vacationing with friends.

Thita Saguid, 38, a staff of Igorota Foundation and Reynaldo Santos Paz, 63, an OFW from Australia, were pronounced dead on arrival by their attending physicians at the Baguio General Hospital.

Injured were Eunice Dangpas Blas, 47, an OFW from Canada; Aris Dangpas Blas, 26, from Bokod, Benguet; Carmela Edio Paz, 44, an OFW from Australia; Mika Edio Rufino, 17, from Kabayan, Benguet; and Blas, the driver.

All are confined at Baguio General Hospital except for one who was brought to Benguet General Hospital, La Trinidad.

Personnel of the Itogon MPS, Benguet PPO, Regional Public Safety Battalion, EMS Baguio and volunteer groups responded to the accident and rescued all passengers.

Previously, Governor Nestor Fongwan was planning to have road safety briefings in a bid to thwart accidents.

Fongwan said the road safety has always been an issue in the province with the terrain of highland roads filled with sharp curves and ravines needing extra precaution from drivers.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 08, 2014.

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