Beach outing turns tragic: 11 dead in road accident in MisOr
By : Mindanao Today/07:35:47pm 01/15/2022
ELEVEN passengers died while at least 28 others were injured in a vehicular accident in Balingasag town, Misamis Oriental Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Photo courtesy of the Misamis Oriental provincial police office)
By Uriel Quilinguing
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Eleven passengers died while at least 28 others were injured in a vehicular accident in Balingasag town, Misamis Oriental Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022.
Maj. Teodoro De Oro, officer-in-charge of Balingasag Police Station, said the fatalities were among the 52 persons on-board a six-wheeler truck that lost control of its brake about 9:30 a.m. that day on a downhill road at Purok 6, Sitio Baga-ay of Barangay Baliwagan, Balingasag.
De Oro, in an interview with RMN-iFM radio station, said the wayward vehicle was on its way to Del Carmen Beach Resort of Lagonglong from Sitio Impakibel, Barangay Aposkahoy of Claveria when the incident happened.
He identified the fatalities as Edilberto Albios; Elizabeth Bagabaldo, 58; Allan Cadenas, 58; Cristina Llanasa Cadenas, 45; Joseph Salise Dalanta, 56; Susan Henon Dalanta, 52; Niño Llanasa; Estela Mae Halago Mara-on, 23; and Loling Sinag-od, 60.
Two children, Farah Lunggayan, 3, and Camille Sinad-og Sevilla, 12, transpired later in a hospital, the town police chief said.
Among the injured are Simo Lago Cape, 58; Jelaysah Dela Cruz Caroro, 26; Mitchel Cortes Daguiom, 25; Jesser Lausa Ferre, 31; Elbert Umas-as Llanasa, 33; Jerosaly Rada Mondalla, 25; Christian Llanesa Odchigue, 24; Jaime Dagit Opaon, 54; Riojane Disyohan Quijano, 23; and Rheame Sinag-od Sevilla, 18.
Minors who also hurt are Kent Joseph Dalanta, Jay Vincent Ferrer, Jimnel Clark Ferrer, Jecer James Labide, Sander Mondoza, Kent Laurenz Mosqueda, Niña Jane Llanesa Odchigue, Rafael Desyonan Quijada, Jimbo Sevilla, and Myrehjhae Bagabaldo Sontaco.
Six siblings and cousins, also minors, are in the injured list – Geo, Kresha, Rogendi, Rojem, all with surnames Sinag-od; Joemico Sinag-od Sevilla, and Joems Roy Sinag-od Yamba.
Their grandmother, Loling, a barangay health worker who brought them along, supposedly for a beach swim, was among those who expired.
Relaying first-hand witness account, De Oro said the speeding truck bumped a full-grown santol tree, uprooted it right there and then, before it overturned and pinned down those who died on the spot.
The police chief said that one of the survivors recalled the driver to have checked the truck’s brake system somewhere in Barangay Linabo before negotiating the descending stretch of road about 150-meter distance.
The ill-fated vehicle (AAR 6998), a Mitsubishi Canter Truck, white with blue stripes in color, was registered under the name of Nora Odchigue, a Barangay Council member of Aposkahoy, and among those hurt.
De Oro said the driver, a certain Junryl Cagmat, 31, whose legs may require amputation, could be charged for “reckless imprudence resulting to multiple homicide and multiple physical injuries,” as well as “damage of properties.”