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3 escape death as boulder crushes SUV

BAGUIO CITY (PNA) – A huge boulder fell on a sport utility vehicle (SUV) traversing the Kennon Road in Benguet shortly before noon Sunday, an initial report from ground personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

Jojo Flores, maintenance foreman of the DPWH assigned at Kennon Road said the incident happened around 11:30 a.m. at the Tokang section in Camp 3 of the said thoroughfare in Tuba, Benguet.

He said the Toyota Fortuner with license plate AHA 3502 carrying three passengers was passing on Kennon from the city towards the lowland.

The boulder, with a height of about 10 feet, fell on the back portion of the vehicle and injured the passengers who were rushed to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.

Witnessing the accident was motorist Manuel Manansala who was also able to take photos of the incident.

“They were six cars ahead of us and I saw the boulder fall on that car. I saw an elderly man and two young passengers getting out of the car and luckily they only had slight bruises,” Manansala told Manila Bulletin/Tempo.

Police reports reveal the victims were immediately brought to the Baguio City General Hospital.

Kennon Road was opened to motorists at 8:30 a.m. Saturday after days of being closed to traffic because of the risk of possible landslides.

The province of Benguet, including Baguio City, has been experiencing continuous heavy rains for more than a week.