Atok accident leaves driver injured

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Atok police report a vehicle fell off a ravine at Kilometer 36, Topdac, Thursday morning.

First responders reveal the vehicle, a mini dump truck, fell in a 60-meter deep ravine from the Baguio-Bontoc national road.

Driver Vidal Aquino Baldino, a native of Batan, sustained injuries but is in stable condition after he was rushed to the Benguet General Hospital.

Follow up investigation revealed the driver was en route to the south direction from Batan, Kabayan. Upon reaching Atok, the draglink of his vehicle was detached disabling him from directing the steering wheel.

The truck rammed into the riprap of the road then plunged into 60 meter ravine. The truck was totally wrecked.

The registered owner of the truck, Rogelio Alimondo, said he will not file charges against Baldino citing the incident as purely an accident.

Responding units who helped in the rescue of Baldino were the Bureau of Fire of Atok headed by SFO4 Arnol Oliem, personnel of Atok District Hospital, local government of Atok headed by Municipal Sangunian Bayan secretary Recto Elias, personnel of Baguio Medical Center, personnel of Provincial Health Unit of Benguet, employees of the Department of Public Works and Highways and several concerned citizens.

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