MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – At least nine people died in a vehicular accident in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte on Tuesday morning.
Initial information from Sarrat Police said a head-on collision between a Laoag-bound jeepney and a 10-wheeler truck occurred along a national highway in Barangay San Isidro at around 7:30 a.m.
Six of the fatalities were identified as:
- Lindberg dela Cruz (jeepney driver)
- Evelyn Canonizado
- Reilie Canonizado
- Mickey Agbayani
- Angelika Cruz
- Jessica Doropan
Three of the fatalities have yet to be identified.
Police said many others from the jeepney, who were mostly students, were injured. Six of the injured are in critical condition.
Vencio Butac, the truck driver, claimed the jeepney encroached on his lane, resulting in a head-on collision. The jeepney also overturned due to the impact.
Butac said he tried to avoid the jeepney but it was already too late since the latter was traveling too fast. – reports from Kim Lorenzo, ABS-CBN News Ilocos; and Dennis Datu, dzMM