Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Army soldiers rescue road accident victims in Mt Province

ARMY RESCUERS carry an injured passenger of a jeep which plunged to a ravine in Dalican village, Bontoc town last Sunday (May 13), killing 11 people. (Photo by S7, 54IB) 

BONTOC, Mt Province- Army soldiers launched a prompt rescue mission to save the victims of a road accident here Sunday afternoon (May 13).

Lt Col Steve Crespillo, the Commander of the 54th Infantry Battalion , said that he sent the rescue teams from his battalion upon learning about the freak road accident in Sitio Balitian, Bgy Dalican in this town, at around 3:30pm.

"My soldiers led by Staff Sgt Rodante Juan and SSgt Pedro Mamgue, rushed to the scene to retrieve the victims who were trapped inside the vehicle. Six of the passengers died instantly and the soldiers immediately transported the survivors to Bontoc General Hospital for treatment where some of them expired, raising the number of fatalities to 11," he said.

"Ten people survived the accident and they are now recuperating from their sustained injuries. Meanwhile, 8 of the dead victims were brought to Dalican village for proper disposition," he added.

Pvt First Class Jonathan Baltazar, a member of 54IB was at the scene during the incident. He promptly requested for rescue teams from his unit.

A squad of soldiers led by Ssgt Randy Paggao which was on Bayanihan activities in the same village, also joined in the rescue mission, saving the severely injured victims.

 Later in the evening, Crespillo likewise informed the provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council about the said accident.

The passenger jeep owned by Mr Robin Rescay and driven by a certain Tony Dulawan, was negotiating a steep curve when it plunged to the ravine due to 'miscalculation'.

The fatalities of the accident include: Sherleene Benis, Maryanne Campoli, Chuwarey Arokod, Jonalyn Sallongen, Teresa Arochay, Chagon Chamkas, Adelene Dumaksyon, Melvin Arochay and Delia Sumilao.

Crespillo said that he has condoled with the families of the victims.


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