1 dead, 2 hurt as falling pine tree pins taxi in Baguio

Published July 24, 2021, 2:29 PM

by Comanda Rizaldy C.

BAGUIO CITY – A call center agent was killed while her two relatives were injured when a pine tree fell on the taxi they were riding in Camp 8, Kennon Road here Friday, July 23.

Baguio City Police Office director Police Col. Glen Lonogan identified the fatality as Esmerelda Suriaga, 39, and the injured as Esmeralda’s relatives Samuel Suriaga, 29, and Wilfredo Suriaga, 63.

Lonogan said Esmerelda was declared dead on arrival at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.

Samuel is now recuperating in the hospital while Wilfredo was discharged.

The taxi driver, Mizon Arucan Galano, 33, was unharmed.

Police said the victims were onboard a Mitsubishi Adventure taxi with trade name Ar-Anne and license plates AYU-713 enroute to the city proper from Camp 7 at about 3:15 p.m. when a falling tree pinned the vehicle.

Samuel was seated beside the driver while Wilfredo and Esmeralda occupied the back passenger seat.