19 dead as overloaded truck plunges into ravine in Apayao

Frank Cimatu
19 dead as overloaded truck plunges into ravine in Apayao
(UPDATED) Police say 22 others were injured after the Isuzu Elf truck plunged into the 20-meter ravine

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – Nineteen people were killed and 22 others injured when their Isuzu Elf truck fell into a ravine  in Conner, Apayao, on Thursday night, October 31.

According to Conner police chief Captain Manuel Canipas Jr, the white truck driven by Merlito Gannaban came from Rizal town in Kalinga with 44 passengers and cavans of rice seedlings which the government distributed earlier to the farmers.

The truck was climbing a slope in  Sitio Gassud, Barangay Karikitan, when the brake gave way, mainly because the vehicle was overloaded, Canipas said.

It plunged into a 20-meter ravine and landed on its side, instantly killing 19.

The 22 injured were brought to the Conner District Hospital and the Cagayan Valley Medical Center.

Those killed were identified as the following:

  • Amparo Ole Aberion
  • Domingo Gundan Asperela
  • Hermalina Dacuycuy
  • Pacita Dajucon
  • Mercy Pataras Gundan
  • Claro Culili Mamauag
  • Susana Ballesteros Milo
  • Ludalina Talay Molina
  • Rosemarie Bayaua Molina
  • Rudy Velasco Pagtama
  • Margie Agustin Pamittan
  • Leticia Bayaua Patay
  • Milo Mamerto Pigaten
  • Conrado Molina Sabatan
  • Raymundo Battad Sosa
  • Brenda Datul Talay
  • Imelda Ole Talay
  • Jayson Verdadero Talay

One woman remains unidentified. – Rappler.com


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