December 2, 2013

Updates on the Road Accident Along Halsema Highway in Atok, Benguet Which Happened Last Saturday

Here are the latest updates on the road accident that occurred in the morning last Saturday. If there are inconsistencies in the updates below, feel free to leave us a comment at the comments section at the end of the article. There really isn't much info regarding the accident. The NDRRMC and the Philippine Information Agency don't even have updates on the accident. At least not yet. Anyway, below are the additional details we got so far.

Between 10 and 11 am last Saturday (contrary to the 11-12 earlier report), a white van fell of a ravine about 50 meters deep along Halsema highway. The accident happened at Kilometer 58, sitio Calasipan, barangay Catubo in Atok, Benguet. The van was going to La Trinidad from Abatan, Buguias.

As of this writing, the tragedy took two lives. One reportedly died on the spot while the other one succumbed while being treated at the Baguio General Hospital. Bernabe Lablabong of San Dionisio II, Nagtipunan, Quirino province was killed on the spot while Eufemia Lam-en, 57 years old,  passed away while being treated at a hospital.

The van which is owned by Elizabeth Lesino of Buguias was being driven by Jimmy Bangbanga who also survived the accident. The van carried the plate number AYG-645.

On Monday (which is today), Benguet governor Nestor Fongwan ordered an investigation into the accident citing questions that need to be addressed. Like why was a green-plated van allowed to take passengers? Vehicles with green plates aren't supposed to be taking passengers. If the van is a public utility vehicle, it should be carrying a yellow plate. However, it's not clear where the governor got the report that the van had a green plate because looking at the accident site, the van does seem to have a yellow plate.
Photo by the Cordillera Police Regional Office
And why did the van fell of a ravine when the weather at the time of the accident was clear and fair? What caused it - human error or car malfunction?

Questions were also raised about overloading and possibly fast-driving in the hands of the driver. A passenger van plying the Baguio-Buguias route typically has a sitting capacity of 10 to 12 passengers. Based on reports, the van that fell was carrying 16 people including the driver.

Those hurt in the accident are:
1. Senior Police Officer 3 Rolex Sabyat, 40
2. Tino Ngosi, 45
3. Melvin Danilo, 18
4. Victoria Licwasen, 33
5. Bernadette Dionisia, 32
6. Elena Salipen, 65
7. Jake Bantasan, 29
8. Tito Ingosan, 57
9. Rachel Bacte, 16
10. Ben Bayas, 17
11. Dona Jane Dionisia, 1 year and two months
12. Charlene Calabson
13. a female passenger only identified as Taro
14. Marietta Pagnas

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  1. bakit naman mali mali ang reporting nila sa mga nasawi.......its confusing us readers....may you rest in peace madam eufemia lam en and the victims who died on the spot.......kailangan sa mga drivers sa atin, before they will be given a driver´s license should undergo training/seminar on ´´SAFETY AWARENESS´´.

  2. Kung 12 lang ang pwede bakit sumakay pa ang police?? Mayor of benguet etrabahomo ang pagbakod sa mga delekadong part ng halsema at least kahit magpalyado man ang sasakyan ay mapabangga sa pader at hindi tuluyang mahulog sa bangin.. salamat po. Condolence sa nawalan at fast recovery sa nasaktan.

    1. tanga k talaga e,governor ang sa province ng benguet,,mayor sa municipu un!!,14 seaters ung van,15 including driver,,e ung bata na kinalong e pang 16,,kung galit ka e mas pa sa amin,,bakit bawal ba sumakay ang pulis?,,,sana pag nangyari sa u ito e walang pulis na tutulong sa u,,,makakarma ka rin!!

  3. I cant believe that this police officer did not even say something about overloading. Hindi bat trabaho ng police yun.????senior officer pa. He could have save lives.

    1. bakit kaya si Hesus alam niya na nakaupo si hudas na papatay sa kanya e hindi nya pinaalis,,,ikaw yata tanga e,,14 seaters,15 including driver,pang 16 ung kalong na bata,,,bat ung police p sinisisi mo?,,,this police is paralyzed from the waist down,,sana pag natumba k ng biglaan sa kalsada e my tutulong sa u!!

    2. akala nya siguro e my utak siya,meron siguro pero ''panis'',,,bakit k nanisi,,sana mangyari din sa u ang maaksidente at ikaw pa my kasalanan!! tanga!!,d man lang nag imbestiga,,,bakla k ba? o sadyang mapurol utak mo e nagmamagaling k pa!!,,

  4. bago sana natin husgahan ang pulis na ito e magmasid at magimbestiga tau,,,lalabas lang kasi katangahan ng humuhusga,,bk ikaw husgahan bukas,,i'm attending to this patient and i felt the pain he's undertaking,,the family suffering,,,,,then read a comment like this,,tapos e anonymous pa,,,reveal urself and let's meet!!

  5. oo nga bat pa kc naninisi pa kau...imbes na ipagdasal natin ang pulis na yan at mga biktima ng aksidente naninisi pa kau..why not pray for their fast recovery...atleast nkatulong ka pa khit sa ganyang paraan.

  6. huwag magsisi dahil alam naman natng pati ang driver hindi niya gustong mangyari ang aksidente.. talagang ganyan ang buhay may pangyayaring di talaga inaasahang mangyari... we should pray that it will not happen again