BOKOD, Benguet – Three persons cheated death after they were able to jump off their vehicle that suffered mechanical trouble before plunging into a 300-meter deep ravine along the Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya road, particularly at Ambango, Ambuclao here around 12:45 pm Saturday.
Superintendent Cherry Fajardo, public information officer of the Police Regional Office (PRO) in the Cordillera, identified the vehicular accident survivors as Darwin Policay Aquesio, 29, single, truck driver; Delia Lasta Sano, 62 and Perla Lasta Sano, 47, all residents of Km. 24, Atok, Benguet.
Initial police investigation showed the three were on board a blue elf truck bound for Nueva Vizcaya and while negotiating an ascending portion of the road, the vehicle suddenly experience problems on its gear system forcing it to move backwards.
Sensing danger, the three occupants eventually jumped off the vehicle before it fell into the deep ravine.
The truck occupants were immediately rushed by concerned citizens to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) for treatment of their minor injuries while the heavily damaged truck was still in the area awaiting retrieval.