Death toll in tragic Baguio Jeepney accident rises to 6

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BAGUIO CITY April 24 – The death toll in a tragic passenger jeepney accident along the circumferential road at Km. 3 Asin road here increased to six following the untimely demise of two other occupants of the ill-fated vehicle while undergoing medical treatment in the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center 9BGHMC) Tuesday evening.

See original story: 4 die, 24 hurt as campaign jeep turns turtle in Baguio

Three campaigners of a congressional candidate died on the spot while was declared dead on arrival by attending physicians at the BGHMC due to multiple head and body injuries.

Police authorities identified those who died on the spot as Elizabeth Panes, 54, Richelda Abicar,47, married and Julia S. Labi while the one that was declared dead on arrival was Adelina Pimentel Agsaway, 68.

Further, those who died while undergoing close medical supervision were Josephine Mayocyoc Ag-a, 59 and John Rey Abaigar Passi, 6.

On the other hand, the injured occupants of the ill-fated jeepney were Agnes Buarao Ag-a, 43, married; Judith Abiogan Siplat, 47, single; Robert Yaeng Sibal Jr., 21, single, student; Jonalyn Palatik Dekdeken, 26, married, housewife; Kyle Rector Libua Lardizabal, 10, Grade 5 student; Kellycent Libua Lardizabal, 14, Grade 8 Student; Michael Ogayan Boligon, 39, married; Jovelyn Banasan Gados, 42, single, self-employed; Shirlyn Banasan Gados, 40, married, housewife; Shantal Gados Gonnay, 5; Alma Dewalan Allera, 46, married, housewife; Travis Bagayao Aliping, 13, Grade 8 student; Ryjen Ondong Palatic, 15, Grade 9 Student; Mercedes Cawilan Guerero, 49, widow; Nary Grace Gorgonia Castro, 30, single; Patrick Zhean Castro Paylor, 5; Hilaria Yaeng Sibal, 56, married, housewife; Sally Lis-eg Balaodan, 39, married, store owner; Josephine Mayocyoc Ag-a, 59; Gloria Gatarin Simsim, 64; Robert Jaeng Sibal, 21; and Josephile Gayo Ligligan, 42.

Initial police investigation that the jeepney that was loaded with campaign supporters of a congressional candidate came from the residence of their benefactor and were en route to one of the city’s largest barangays via the circumferential road.

While at the descending portion of the said road, the driver felt that the jeepney lost its brakes that prompted him to try to bump the vehicle into a concrete barrier but it did not pay off causing the same to turnturtled before resting on a portion of the road.

Responding police operatives and elements of the Scene of the Crime Operation (SOCO) team as well as emergency rescuers immediately rushed the victims to the BGHMC for medical treatment.

Probers initially concluded that the cause of the incident was alleged human error on the part of the driver.

By Dexter A. See

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