CAMP DANGWA, LA TRINIDAD, Benguet: At least 12 people died, while seven were seriously injured when the vehicle they were riding fell into a deep ravine in Sitio Bayoyo, Buyacaoan, Buguias, Benguet on Saturday.
Supt. Contancio Chinayog Jr., Buguias Police chief said that, the victims were on their way home after attending a party hosted by politicians when the accident took place.
Chinayog said that the accident took place at Sitio Bayoyo, Barangay Buyacaon along a sharp curve.
The driver, identified as Ambrocio Menzi Jr., who sustained serious injuries, said that he lost control of the vehicle because of heavy rains, which brought fog to the road.
Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong, regional director of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera said Menzi was driving a Ford Fiera with plate number AAD 784 was heading for Abatan, Buguias from Natubleng, Buguias along Halsema Highway.
The fatalities were identified as Biana Olsim, Manuel Langbis, Bino Walclin, Melania Madiano, Alfredo Pattian, Ferdilyn Igualdo, Arnaldo Madiano, Kimberly Waclin, Erna Tosay, Melanio Igualdo, Marrieta Gaspil and Melin Dasdas.
The injured persons were Basilio Baldos, Oranio Agyapas, Ambrocio Menzi, Nicole Waclin, Wela Waclin, Braille Waclin, Jerry Bisaya Atas, and an unidentified male.
Chinayog said that 10 of the 19 passengers died on the spot, while seven were immediately brought to Abatan Hospital and Lutheran Hospital in Buguias, Benguet for treatment.