13 Scout Rangers guarding VP Robredo hurt in vehicular accident in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Zamboanga del Sur–Thirteen members of the Army’s 17th Scout Ranger Company who were securing Vice President Leni Robredo’s visit in Basilan on Wednesday morning suffered multiple injuries in a vehicular accident.

No one died from the accident that happened past 11 a.m. when the right front tire of the KM450 vehicle they were riding on exploded, and the driver lost control, sending it toward the road canal in Barangay Sengal, Lamitan City.

The 17th Scout Ranger Company was part of the area security component for Robredo’s visit in Lamitan City on Wednesday, when she went to Buahan village, one of the weaving communities in Basilan.

The soldiers were immediately rushed to the Lamitan district hospital.

Two of the rangers suffered dislocated arms and shoulder, two with fractured ribs. The rest had minor scratches and wounds in the different parts of their bodies, said Brigadier General Domingo Gobway, commander of the Army’s Joint Task Force Basilan.

“They are all in stable condition now,” Gobway added.

Eight soldiers were later transferred to the Camp Don Basilio Navarro Hospital at the Western Mindanao Command here for further medical treatment.

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