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3 kids die, 13 hurt in Benguet road mishap

CANDON CITY, Ilocos Sur – Three children died while 13 others were injured when an Isuzu truck filled with vegetable lost its brake and fell off a 10-meter terrace Friday afternoon in Benguet.

The three fatalities as well as all 13 injured victims were on the roof of the truck when it fell into the mountain side garden.

Chief Inspector Peter Daplian, Buguias town’s chief of police said the two dead kids were brothers aged 9 and 10 and are residents of Tabuk City in Kalinga while the third casualty was a 14-year-old boy who hails from Pozorrubio, Pangasinan.

50-year-old truck driver Menargon Wakit Quintos claimed the truck’s brake malfunctioned that led to the accident.

All injured where rushed to the Luis Hora Memorial Regional Hospital where the three kids were declared dead on arrival. (FREDDIE G. LAZARO)