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(UPDATE) 6 die in Maguindanao highway mishap

Breaking News • 04:58 AM Mon Jun 27, 2016
John Unson with reports from Edwin Fernandez
Six passengers of this passenger jeepney that turned on its side after hitting a dump truck in Barangay Pinguiaman, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. (Photo by John Unson)

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao-- Six commuters, among them a minor, were killed on Sunday when a speeding passenger vehicle hit a dump truck in a secluded stretch of a highway in Datu Odin Sinsuat town.Responding investigators said four of the victims died on the spot from head injuries sustained in the accident.The six fatalities were passengers of a violet passenger Toyota Town Ace (MWB-489) en route to Isulan town in Sultan Kudarat province.The passenger vehicle side swept the truck, loaded with sand and gravel aggregates, at a stretch of a highway in Barangay Pinguiaman south of Datu Odin Sinsuat.The stretch of the concrete highway where the two vehicles collided was made slippery by heavy rains several hours before.Chief Inspector Lendsy Sinsuat of the municipal police said traffic probers are still to determine who between the drivers of the two ill-fated vehicles was at fault. Residents of Barangay Pinguiaman who witnessed the accident said many other injured passengers were rushed to a hospital in Cotabato City by policemen.IdrisSimpan,aresidentofBarangayPinguiaman,saidand Wesawfourpersonsdeadonthespotduetoheadinjuries,”Simpansaid. Theywerethosesittingatthe backofthedriver,”headded.Sinsuat said probers are now looking into the veracity of the assertions by some of the injured passengers that the driver of the Toyota Town Ace was busy using his mobile phone seconds before the collision. Photo belowand Civilians view the two of the jeepneypassengers killed in highway accident in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguidnanao Sunday, June 26, 2016. (John Unson) sand//scontent.fmnl4-5.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t34.0-12/13501753_10210010587169542_3260041973580332961_n.jpg?oh=8ec7e4d7db4e9817ba76cf3008573fa4andampoe=5773089D

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