Soldier dies, 3 hurt in car crash

Published May 28, 2019, 11:51 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Marie Tonette Marticio

TACLOBAN City – A soldier was killed, while his three companions were injured in a car crash in Brgy. San Isidro, Sta. Rita Samar on Monday, May 27.

(CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ MANILA BULLETIN)
(CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The victim was identified as SSgt. Elmer Cinco and his companions Cpl. Agusto Basilan, Cpl. Chito Jose Gacutan, and PFC Emerson Palunay.

Reports reaching the regional police headquarters showed that a cargo truck loaded with copra broke down and was parked at the roadside facing Tacloban City.

It had an early warning device, but half of its body was at the shoulder of the road while the other half was protruding on the national highway.

The M35 army truck of the 801st brigade driven by PFC Ronnel Vic Petilla with the four escorts were travelling South to Tacloban City. Upon reaching the juncture at around 4:35 dawn, an alleged incoming truck coming from the opposite direction did not give way to the army truck and continued to overtake the parked truck.

The carrier of the army truck sideswept the rear portion of the cargo truck and became attached to it.

As a result, said cargo truck slammed the house of one Ricardo Cabanganan.

The injured victims were brought to Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) for medical attention.

 
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