Buguias mayor cheats death

BUGUIAS Mayor Ruben Tinda-an survived a vehicular accident Thursday afternoon after their vehicle plunged to a 20-meter ravine along Halsema Highway in Calasipan, Atok, Benguet.

Police reports said Tinda-an and his driver Roderick Segundo were brought to the Atok District Hospital for immediate treatment after their vehicle lost control in kilometer 57 and fall into a garden terraces, just 20 meters below the national highway.

The two were later transferred to the Notre Dame Hospital in Baguio City for further treatment of injuries.

Based on initial investigation, authorities said Segundo was traversing the highway when he suddenly dozed off and lost control of the vehicle.

Following the accident, the provincial government has been contemplating the need to have road safety briefings in a bid to thwart accidents with the terrain of highland roads filled with sharp curves and ravines needing extra precaution from drivers.

Based on a report by dangerousroads.org, Halsema Highway is considered one of the most dangerous highways in the world. Every day, commuters, transporters, tourists, and residents coming from Baguio or Mt. Province drove this route, braving steep crags, narrow and sheer drop offs, some more than 1000 feet.

Also known as the Mountain Trail, Halsema is a 150 km highway that stretches from Baguio City to Bontoc, Mountain Province where landslides are also prone in the area.
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