4 injured in NorthCot's "killer highway"

The latest victims were four persons hurt in two separate accidents on Tuesday, police reports said. The first case involved two trucks colliding; the second involved a motorcycle that lost its brake in Makilala’s slipper road in the rain.

Around 8.30 a.m. on Tuesday, a Fuzo van with plate number YAM 981 clashed with another cargo truck with plate number RFA 390 along the highway in Sitio Bagong Silang in Barangay San Vicente, Makilala.

The drivers of both trucks, identified as Michael Dulce Belgica, 29, of Tibungco, Davao City, and Victorino Gasque Narisma, 39, of Calinan District, also in Davao City, sustained minor injuries.

Insp. Ramel Hojilla, chief of Makilala Police, said that due to the slippery road, the van driven by Belgica swerved to another direction and crashed to a road embankment. A few minutes later, Narisma’s truck, which lost its brakes, collided with the van.

Around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, another motorcycle lost it brakes while traversing a slippery highway along San Vicente road in Makilala. 

The driver, identified as Jovic Canono Ruben, 25, of Barangay Taluntalunan in Makilala, and his passenger, Arlene Ruben, 17, were injured, reports said.

Hojilla said that due to many road accidents along the highway in San Vicente, it earned the moniker as a “killer highway.” Especially so when it rains, as it did on Monday night until the next morning, and the road becomes slippery

Some of the commuters have complained of a road block set up by the Makilala police along the highway in San Vicente village. They consider it as a traffic hazard.

But Hojilla and the villagers, especially those living along the highway, want the road block to remain for their safety. (Malu Cadelina-Manar/MindaNews)