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Leyte road mishap kills eight, injures 11 others

Tacloban City—At least eight people were killed and 11 others were wounded when a passenger van collided with a six-wheeler truck along a national road in Babatngon, Leyte early Friday.

A van loaded with 18 passengers heading to this city from Babatngon town collided head-on to a truck carrying hogs, which was traveling in the opposite direction, the regional police office here reported.

Citing accounts of witnesses, the police said the truck was running fast when it strayed into the opposite lane and hit the van’s driver side. The incident took place in District III village just a few minutes after the van left the terminal in Babatngon.

“The municipal health officer declared dead on the spot the eight passengers while those injured were rushed to hospitals in Tacloban City,” the police report said.

The deadly road crash happened as advocates stepped up their drive to prevent road accidents as the country celebrates Road Safety Month, aiming to promote road safety and raise awareness of the health impact and economic costs involved.

This year, the focus of the celebration is to generate demand from the public for stronger leadership for road safety worldwide.

In a radio interview, Police Lieutenant Melvin Ayay, acting chief of the Babatngon Police Station, said they have yet to identify the fatalities.

The 11 passengers of the van who survived the road mishap, most of them in critical condition were brought to a nearby hospital.

The truck was about to deliver the hogs at the Babatngon Public Market when the accident occurred.

Ayay said the area where the crash took place is an accident-prone site.

The truck was driven by Wenwen de Leon, a resident of North Cotabato, along with his helpers and the still unidentified driver of the van are being treated to a hospital in Tacloban City. With PNA

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