THIRTEEN escaped death after their vehicles crashed in separate incidents Monday, May 18, both in Benguet.
Eleven were rescued after the public utility jeepney (PUJ) bound for Bokod lost its brakes in a sharp curve along in Tinongdan, Itogon.
In the Police Regional Office–Cordillera’s report, the incident transpired at 12:25 p.m. with the 10 passengers including the driver sustaining multiple injuries.
All victims were rushed to the hospital for medical treatment.
Meanwhile, in Natubleng, Buguias, concerned residents including first aid responders and other government agencies responded to a vehicular crash at 4:10 in the afternoon according to the Benguet Provincial Police Office (PPO).
Passengers were identified as Robinson Hipngaton, 31, and Patricio Andres, 25, both farmers from Buguias.
Initial investigation disclosed the victims were on their way to the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post when Andres noticed the vehicle lost its brakes and bumped a concrete barrier falling into at least 10-meter ravine.
The driver sustained minor injuries and was rushed to the hospital for immediate treatment while the passenger is in stable condition.
Benguet PPO reported from January to August 2019, there were 944 road traffic crashes, resulting in 13 deaths and 299 injuries in the province.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reveal approximately 1.35 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes.
WHO stated between 20 and 50 million more people suffer non-fatal injuries, with many incurring a disability as a result of their injuries.
WHO also identified the risk factors that need to be addressed to prevent road crashes. These are driving under the influence of alcohol and other psychoactive substances, speeding, non-use of motorcycle helmets, seat-belts, and child restraints, distracted driving, unsafe road infrastructure and unsafe vehicles.
Benguet authorities continue to remind motorists to check their vehicle’s brakes, lights, oil, water, battery, air, gas, engine, tire and self-condition before heading out and driving on the road.