6 Killed, 10 Hurt in 3-Vehicle Collision in Pikit

KIDAPAWAN CITY - Six people, five of them occupants of a van, were killed in a three-vehicle collision at a curve on the national highway in Pikit, North Cotabato around noon on Friday, police said.

Ten other people - including a Special Forces soldier aboard an army truck and at least six occupants of a passenger jeepney - were injured in the accident that happened at 12:10 p.m.

Chief Inspector Jordine Maribojo, Pikit chief of police, identified three of the fatalities from the Toyota Hi-Ace van as Mohammad Samil, the driver; a certain Sulaiman Macaindeg; and one Bacuna Musa.

He quoted a report identifying the injured as Michael Barrientos of the Special Forces of the Philippine Army, Tintin Castillon, Elmer Madsay, Judy Uy, Niafa Esmael, Norhana Minang, Marima Landasan, Chanads Manampan, Sadam Lumanda, and Alma Rose Maciado.

Maribojo said the van was on its way to Davao City from Cotabato City when it engaged a curve in Barangay Takepan, Pikit at high speed.

The van, according to the statement of Maciado, had veered along the opposite lane and slammed into the Lawin jeepney she was riding.

After ramming into the jeepney, the van slammed into the M35 army truck.

"After the van smashed the jeep, it also hit our vehicle and afterwards, it turned turtle," said Barrientos who along with the five others injured were taken to the Kabacan Polymedic Hospital in Poblacion, Kabacan for treatment.

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