KORONADAL CITY – A wayward truck plowed into at least 14 vehicles along a busy national highway in Tupi, South Cotabato, killing at least two people on the spot and wounding 14 others, mostly students of a private school waiting for a ride.
Rolly Aquino, head of South Cotabato Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), said the 10-wheeler truck from General Santos City on its way to this city appeared to have lost its brake as it reached the descending portion of the highway past 6 a.m. Friday, September 23, bulldozing its way through the busy highway and hitting vehicles along its way.
“We are still trying to determine the exact number of fatalities and those injured,” Aquino said in a radio interview, also citing a video footage of the incident that netizens posted on social media.
He said several victims were students of the South East Asia Institute of Technology Incorporated (SEAIT) waiting for a ride along the roadside when the wayward truck, came crashing on a small car, hitting some of the students in the process.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in South Cotabato reported at least 14 vehicles involved in the freak accident, including three SUVs, three pick-up vehicles, a Yellow Bus, a tricycle, five motorcycles and the wayward cargo truck.
Police were still trying to track the identity of the driver and his whereabouts as an angry mob ran towards the truck after it smashed the roadside metal railings and fell into a sloping portion along the side of the highway.