2 soldiers die in freak highway accident in North Cotabato

By Edwin Fernandez

December 12, 2017, 4:36 pm

KIDAPAWAN CITY -- For saving the life of a child, two soldiers were killed and eight others were wounded in a freak vehicular crash in Antipas, North Cotabato Monday morning.

1Lt. Silver Belvis, speaking for the 39th Infantry Battalion, said the KM-450 military truck loaded with soldiers was traversing part of Antipas-Arakan highway at around 9 a.m. when a child crossed the street, prompting the driver to avoid hitting the kid.

Unfortunately, the truck fell off a cliff in Crossing Bulwang Spring, Sitio Lukeke, Barangay Malatab, Antipas, North Cotabato. The Army truck overturned and fell about 10 feet at the left side of the highway.

Belvis declined to name the soldiers, both from 39th IB, until their next of kin are officially informed.

An Army official said the KM-450 vehicle was speeding along the Antipas section of the highway because the area is a known New People's Army infiltrated area. (PNA)