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Philippines: 13 people dead as SUV falls into irrigation canal

AP/Baguio
Filed on April 19, 2021 | Last updated on April 19, 2021 at 12.04 pm
Photo courtesy: PNP

Initial reports indicate the driver suddenly lost control and the SUV skidded off the road and plummeted into the canal.


Thirteen people, many of them children, drowned when their SUV plunged into an irrigation canal in a northern Philippine mountain city, police said on Monday.

Police said 2 of the 15 occupants of the crowded SUV survived the accident with injuries. The driver was among the dead, who included seven children, officials said.

The victims were on their way to a locally popular lake when the accident occurred in Tabuk city in Kalinga province Sunday afternoon. Police were investigating the cause but initial reports indicate the driver, Soy Lope Agtulao, suddenly lost control and the SUV skidded off the road and plummeted into the canal.

Villagers and police brought the victims, mostly relatives, to two Kalinga hospitals.

Many regions of the country’s mountainous north are notorious for deadly road accidents due to dilapidated vehicles, lack of railings and road safety signages and poor enforcement of transport regulations.





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