14 killed, 14 hurt in North Cotabato road mishap

Two of the fatalities were identified as Jonathan Larcha, radiologist at the Kidapawan Medical Specialist Hospital, and Rolando Cadungog, 19, of Sitio Patulangon in Brgy Malasila, Makilala, North Cotabato.

One of the injured is a trainer from the Search and Rescue Operations Network in Region 12 identified as SPO1 Jose Mari Corpuz Molina of the North Cotabato Police Mobile Group.

PO3 Ronnie Atud of the Kidapawan City Police, Molina's fellow trainer and head instructor at Search and Rescue Operations of Region 12, died around 7:30 p.m. due to severe head injuries.

They had just conducted water safety training at Le Reve Swimming Resort at Barangay Kisante in Makilala and were on their way back to the city when the accident happened.

They were on board a red multi-cab with plate number LFA 459 owned by police officer Michael Mapandi when hit by the dump truck in Sitio Patulangon, Barangay Malasila, also in Makilala.

The other injured victims were identified as Jennylyn Cruz, 23; Arnold Sandoval, 18, nursing student at North Valley Foundation; Jundene Cruz; Almario Cadormigara, 27; Anna Marie Canja; Nelson Puertillano; Hazel Alagos; Daniel Naquila; and Aldrin Montecalbo.

The dumptruck bearing plate number CMY 369 also rammed into nine other vehicles, including two tricycles, one motorcycle, and three other multi-cabs.

Some residents in the area told MindaNews that the dump truck sounded its horn loudly before it collided with the vehicles some of which were parked along the highway.

“It seems the driver was warning the people along the highway, including the vehicles coming from the opposite direction, that something was wrong with his dumptruck. After that, we heard a loud bang and saw the collision,” said Tony, one of the residents in the area.

Police authorities said the dumptruck turned turtle after it rammed into the other vehicles, cutting the driver's body into two.

Barangay Malasila was celebrating the feast of its patron saint, and hundreds of people were on the streets and a number of vehicles were parked along the highway.