A FIVE-year-old boy died in Bokod, Benguet, while several others were injured in a spate of road accidents in the Cordillera region from January 1 to 3, according to authorities.

The five–year-old fatality, according to a police report, was rammed by the rear wheel of an elf truck driven by his father near their residence in Barangay Bila, Bokod in Benguet on January 1.

Initial police investigation revealed the driver was parking their elf truck on reverse below their residence but did not notice his son already jumped off from the vehicle and was subsequently rammed by the rear wheel of the vehicle.

The victim was immediately rushed by concerned residents to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) for medical treatment but was declared dead on arrival by attending physicians due to multiple fatal wounds on the different parts of his body.

Authorities said the case is still undergoing further investigation while his father voluntarily surrendered to the police.

In Kalinga, at least eight were injured when the jeepney they were riding suddenly lost its brake in barangay Guinaan, in Pasil on January 3.

Investigation conducted disclosed at around 8:50 a.m., the jeepney driven by Ronnie Gayagay, left for Tabuk City and while traversing the highway, the driver noticed the brakes of the vehicle malfunctioned.

Gayagay continuously stepped on the brake but unfortunately the vehicle continuously slipped forward and later on maneuvered at the right side of the road which fell in the canal and bumped the wall of the road.

Injured were Wanito Edisa, Bencer Tacdang, Roger Dulawon, Lexie Vallejo, Jaymar Wail, Joseph Abbaccan, Salva Agiw, and Renz Agiw.

The victims were rushed by responding personnel to Pasil Rural Health Unit, Amdalao, Pasil, Kalinga for medical treatment while the driver surrendered to authorities.

Another eight were injured, in Tabuk City, also in Kalinga when the driver of an elf truck dozed off while traversing a curve and ascending portion of the road five meters away from the DENR checkpoint in Bulanao, Tabuk City.

The truck went to the opposite lane and ran over a barrier until it stopped.

Injured were Oxyle Bomusao, Romnick Langbisan Gumabay, Jordan Songday, Dante Dulyongan Guiawan, Anabelle Dulyongan, Kian Dupligan, Clauded Basitao, and Minianee Dulyongan, all residents of Dupligan, Tanudan, Kalinga.

All victims were rushed by authorities to Almora General Hospital, Bulanao, Tabuk City, Kalinga for medical treatment while the driver was released from custody of Tabuk in lieu of an agreement between involved parties.