By Zaldy Comanda
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Six people died after a truck plunged into a ravine in the town of Aguinaldo, Ifugao, early Wednesday (July 24), according to an initial report by the Police Regional Office-Cordillera.
Police Major Carol Lacuata, Philippine National Police (PNP) regional information officer, said police and other rescue groups were already conducting retrieval operations at the accident area.
Lacuata said the six victims died on the spot, including truck driver Joey Tambiag.
The identities of the other victims were still being determined as of press time.
Reports said the passenger-victims hitched a ride with Tambiag at around 8 a.m. from Aguinaldo town to the nearby municipality of Alfonso Lista.
However, upon approaching Sitio Montanop in Barangay Chalalo, Tambiag may have lost control of the truck, which turned turtle and plunged in a 10-meter deep ravine.
Two other passengers were injured and were immediately brought to the Potia District Hospital.