KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 5 Oct) – A truck driver was burned alive when his vehicle plunged into a cliff as he was maneuvering a dangerous curve along the highway in the municipality of President Roxas, North Cotabato 12:20 a.m. Friday, a police officer said.
Chief Insp. Rolly Oranza, of the President Roxas PNP, identified slain driver as Jason Anlog, 30, of New Corella, Tagum City.
Truck helpers Jay Delfin, 21, and Haydee Camunol, both workers of the Sumifru Fruits Corporation, sustained severe injuries and were rushed to a hospital in Antipas, North Cotabato, reports said.
Oranza hinted Anlog was not familiar with the terrain when he traveled to Antipas, main office of Sumifru, driving along the highway in President Roxas.
The police officer said a portion of the highway along Barangay Greenhills is considered a dangerous curve and a signage has been placed there to warn drivers while they traverse the route.
“The driver for sure was not accustomed to the highway, plus he was traveling at night,” Oranza said.
The police officer added that when the truck fell on a 10-foot cliff, the driver was stuck in his seat. His helpers tried to extract him but failed.
“Then they smelled fuel all over and immediately there was fire. The helpers ran for safety, leaving behind the driver who was burned alive,” he said. (Malu Cadelina Manar / MindaNews)