13 dead, 4 injured in Davao del Sur van-truck collision
At least 13 people died while four others were injured when a van and a 10-wheeler truck collided in Davao del Sur Sunday afternoon.
Santa Cruz Municipal Station Sr. Insp. Mary Grace Martinez, in a radio interview, said the incident transpired at around 12:30 p.m. along the national highway in the said municipality.
Martinez said the closed van where the victims were on board was heading towards the north, while the 10-wheeler truck was approaching from the opposite direction.
She said the van coming from a sharp highway curve was reportedly over speeding, causing the vehicle to swerve to the opposite lane.
“It so happened that the 10-wheeler truck is approaching causing a head on collision,” she said.
The 12 passengers died on the spot, while the other victim was pronounced dead on arrival in a nearby hospital.
The fatalities were yet to be identified.
The other injured victims were brought to a hospital for treatment.
Martinez said the truck driver and his assistant are now under the police custody.
The driver of the van will also be investigated, she added. Ella Dionisio/DMS