12 killed in Davao del Sur road crash

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – A road crash in Davao del Sur on Sunday, June 3, left at least 12 people dead and 4 others injured, police said.

The casualties were onboard a utility van of the Franklin Baker Company of the Philippines, which hit a 10-wheeler truck along the national highway in Barangay Astorga in Sta Cruz, Davao del Sur.

They were workers at the company, which operates a desiccating plant in Sta Cruz, according to a One Mindanao report.

Police said the utility van was overspeeding on the northbound lane and overshot a curve, hitting the 10-wheeler truck which was coming from the opposite direction.

The incident, which was also confirmed to media by Sta Cruz Mayor Alexis Almendras, took place at around 12:30 pm on Sunday.

Police have taken custody of the driver of the truck, identified as Theodoro Batiocan.

The 4 injured were brought to the Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital in Digos City. – Rappler.com