3 KILLED, 18 HURT IN S. COTABATO ROAD MISHAP
GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Three people were killed while 18 others were injured after a passenger van slammed into another vehicle along the national highway in Polomolok town, South Cotabato, Sunday afternoon.
Supt. Samuel Cadungon, chief of the Polomolok municipal police station, said Monday the Toyota Hi-Ace commuter van was on its way to Koronadal City when it collided head-on with a Mitsubishi L-300 van along Purok 1, Crossing Palkan in Polomolok around 1:30 p.m.
“The passenger van was reportedly trying to overtake from a leading vehicle when it crashed into the L-300 service van,” he said in a report.
Cadungon said the L-300 van, owned by the Notre Dame Siena College of Polomolok, was heading towards Polomolok town.
He said the driver of the service van, identified as Frederick Anciano, 46, and wife Mary Joy, 30, died on-the-spot due to severe injuries.
The couple’s son Justine, 8, succumbed to serious head and body injuries while being treated at the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital in Koronadal.
Cadungon said the service van’s two other passengers, the couple’s two-year-old daughter Janine and Dominican Sister Rhodora Agno, 57, were also seriously injured.
He said Janine was initially brought to the Polomolok Municipal Hospital but was later transferred to the Doctor’s Hospital here, while Agno was admitted at the South Cotabato provincial hospital.
The police official said the passenger van’s driver Jilito Gabao, who was listed in critical condition, and 15 other passengers were initially brought to the Tupi Municipal Hospital but later transferred to the South Cotabato provincial hospital.
The injured passengers were identified as Julie Eucarie, Judiena Montipany, Jorena Manansang, Judiena Uynama, Lily Joy Bangi, Mary Grace Manansang, Andrew Pagalan, Lorena Senese, Hervie Buen, Michael Deplan, Ruben Deplan, Micahel Simbahon, Annabelle Ybanez, Evangeline Jonda and Alberto Veloria.
Police Officer 3 Bobby Villena, investigator of the Polomolok police station’s Traffic Management Unit, said they received reports that two other victims have also expired as of noon Monday.
“But we can’t make any confirmation yet as we’re still getting the details,” Villena said.
He added that three of the van’s passengers only sustained minor injuries and were allowed by doctors to go home after receiving treatment. (PNA)