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6 dead, four hurt in General Santos City highway accident

TIMRA Reports • 14:30 PM Mon Jun 17, 2024
John Felix Unson
Five commuters and a tricycle driver perished when a truck hit them while motoring through a stretch of a highway in Barangay Tambler in General Santos City on Sunday afternoon. (From PRO-12)

COTABATO CITY - Five commuters, among them a 12-month-old child, and a tricycle driver died when the three-wheeled vehicle carrying them collided head-on with a truck in Barangay Tambler in General Santos City on Friday afternoon. 

Officials of the General Santos City Police Office and Brig. Gen. Percival Augustus Placer, director of the Police Regional Office-12, separately told reporters on Monday that five of the six fatalities, the one-year-old Lathicia Jane Enan, Jeremy Michael Culanan, 11, Rosilene Pajaro, 28, Marivic Enan, 28, and tricycle driver Jay Cañedo, 32, died on the spot from injuries caused by the accident.

Another tricycle passenger, the six-year-old Zowie Natalie Cañedo, succumbed to injuries while in a hospital, according to Placer, citing a report from the General Santos CPO.

The accident left four other tricycle passengers, Sphyc Raven Cañedo, 13, Mary Rose Enan, 12, the eight-year-old Chriespair Cañedo and the seven-year-old Kristen Joy Enan, injured, now confined in a hospital. 

There were radio reports on Monday morning stating that Cañedo, who was possibly under the influence of liquor then, lost control of his tricycle that crossed the other lane and got rammed by the Isuzu Forward truck approaching from the opposite direction of the route.

Two police investigators, Chief Master Sgt. Ronald Bautista and Senior Master Sgt. Limuel Aves, separately said that all of the six fatalities and their four injured companions were together cramped in the tricycle that got hit by the truck at a stretch of the Makar-Siguel Highway in Purok Cabu in Barangay Tambler. 

They were said to have come from a beach resort and were on their way home when they figured in the road mishap.

The truck, whose driver is now under police custody, veered towards the side of the highway and hit a steel railing after colliding with the tricycle.


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