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5 dead, 2 injured in Kidapawan crash

KIDAPAWAN CITY – Five persons died on the spot while two others were injured in an accident involving a speeding passenger van and a motorcycle on the national highway in Barangay Paco here yesterday, a disaster official said.

Psalmer Bernalte, Kidapawan City disaster action officer, said the incident happened at around 4 a.m.

Investigation showed that the passenger van from Cagayan de Oro City was headed to Davao City while the motorcycle was bound for Matalam, North Cotabato.

Bernalte said in a phone interview that the motorcycle swerved into the opposite lane of the road and crashed into the oncoming van.

The motorcycle driver and his back rider who were reportedly drunk died on the spot while three other van passengers expired before reaching the hospital.

Also rushed to the hospital were Delfin Querkis, 47, and his wife Prescilia, 45, both van passengers.

The identities of the fatalities were not available as of presstime. (PNA)