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Van crashes along Zambo Sur highway; eight hurt


A passenger van carrying more than a dozen people, including two children, fell into a ravine in Zamboanga del Sur province on Wednesday morning, police reported.

The van, carrying 16 passengers, was navigating the national highway coming from Pagadian City bound for Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay when the accident happened, the report said.

In a statement, Police Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, police regional office spokesperson said, eight people sustained multiple physical injuries and were immediately brought to Tigbao Rural Health Unit for medication and then referred to Zamboanga del Sur Medical Center in Pagadian City.

The accident transpired along the National Highway of Purok 3, Barangay Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur at about 8:20 in the morning of November 7, 2018.

Galvez said a Toyota Hi-ace Commuter Van, 2017 model, color Silver Metallic, bearing plate number ADO 9556, was travelling from Pagadian City to Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, driven by Orlando Ocampo y Simblante, 42, married, resident of Purok 4, Poblacion Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur, fell into an estimated 5-meter deep ravine.

According to Galvez, the accident happened when the van driver was trying to evade a single motorcycle that was about to crash  along the national highway.

She added the van driver maneuvered his vehicle to the right side of the road but failed to manage the same which resulted to the accident.

Quoting the van driver, Galvez revealed that the driver exerted effort to avoid the contact and save the lives especially of the people on board his driven vehicle, but failed.

The van incurred major damage as a result of the incident. Its driver was unharmed and was brought to Tigbao Police Station. Hader Glang

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