by richy nalagon
A doctor died while 10 others were injured in a vehicular accident along the national highway in Cano-cotan, Tagum City around 8 a.m. Thursday.
The accident involved a black Toyota Hi-Ace Grandia van and its pas-sengers.
The van, bearing plate number AAH 4192, is registered under the name of Norma S. Baldove, a resident of Crystal Meadows Subdivision Sasa, Davao City.
At the time of the accident, it was being driven by Julan Baldove, 28, married, a security guard of Southern Philip-pines Medical Center.
His passengers were identified as:
Doctors Eulina Lag-dao, Virginia B. Mangati, and Brigida Claro; nurses Marilyn A. Lapaz, Michelle L. Suyat, Candida Donggayao, Carmen B. Bumatnong, Teresa C Abrenica and Valorie B. Valorie. The others were Clarence D. Clemente and Marites M. Baloran.
Police Chief Inspector Andrea Dela Cerna re-vealed that the van was speeding across the high-way from Davao to Tagum.
One of the vehicles, however, abruptly changed lanes, thereby prompting the van’s driver to apply his brakes to evade hitting the vehicle.
But instead of slowing down, the van swerved, lost its control and directly hit the center island and an electric post.
The impact caused immediate injuries to the passengers, who were then rushed to the Medical Mis-sion Hospital in Apokon, Tagum City.
But by 10:30 a.m., one of the passengers, Brigida Claro, died while under-going medical treatment.