By Aaron Recuenco
Seven people, including three children aged one to five years old, died while three others were injured in a collision between a pick-up truck and a tricycle in Prosperidad town, Agusan del Sur.
A report reaching Camp Crame stated that six of the fatalities were relatives and were all surnamed Dahili. They were identified as tricycle driver Dionesio, 27; Imelda, 50; Jenalyn, 28; Bernadeth, 25; three-year old Sabrena; and five-year old Stephany.
Police said they were all on-board a tricycle when the accident happened, and were all declared dead on-the-spot.
The seventh fatality, identified as one-year old Ysa Banque, also died on the spot. She was on board the pick-up truck driven by Mark Junrell Flores.
Police traffic investigators said the tricycle was heading towards the town proper of Prosperidad at around 11 a.m. on Saturday when it was hit by the pick-up truck along the National Highway in the area of Barangay Patin-ay.
The tricycle was reportedly hit after the pick-up truck appeared to be overtaking another vehicle.
The collision resulted in the death of the seven victims, while three others, identified as seven-year old Dionabella, five-year old Diosabelle and Alfred Minoza, were injured.
Flores, according to the police, was unharmed. He is now under police custody.
Ill-advised overtaking and overspeeding were two of the main causes of road accidents in the Philippines, according to the police’s Highway Patrol Group.
President Duterte earlier tasked the police to map out plans to prevent fatal road accidents in the future.