4 dead after pickup truck falls into ravine in Sarangani town

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Four people were killed while another was injured after a pickup truck fell into a ravine in Malungon town in Sarangani Province late Wednesday night.

Sr. Insp. Richard Pabalinas, Malungon municipal police station chief, said Thursday the Toyota hilux pickup was traveling at a portion of the national highway in Sitio Basak in Barangay Malandag at around 11 p.m. when the incident happened.

He said the pickup, which was then driven by Lendel Rey Palec, 19, came from the barangay center of Malandag with four passengers.

The victims were reportedly on their way to Barangay Banahaw.

“The driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle as it was traversing a curved portion of the highway,” he said.

The speeding vehicle eventually fell into a 15-meter ravine beside the national highway, he said.

The pickup’s four passengers died due to severe head and body injuries.

They were identified as Euds Elie Lambre, Kenneth Ycay, Syan Griffeth Jaleco, and Peddy Cabahug, who were all residents of Barangay Malandag in Malungon.

Its driver, Palec, sustained various injuries and is presently undergoing treatment at the Socsargen County Hospital here. PNA-northboundasia.com