2 dead, several injured in Batangas road mishap

MALVAR, Batangas — A passenger van on Monday afternoon landed on the deep open ditch along Km 73+ 500 of the Star Tollway at San Juan Village here resulting to the death of two kids with several passengers injured.

Investigation disclosed that a gray Mitsubishi L300 Mitgsubishi Utility Vehicle, Model 1997, (UUX-703), registered to Eva Linda E. Cabrera of 616 Sto. Nino St. Old Sta. Mesa, Sampaloc, Manila driven by Joseph Cabral Fernando,44, was travelling along the highway when he lost control of the steering wheel, the van swerved then fell into the deep open ditch.

As a result, all 16 occupants including the driver sustained grave injuries and were immediately brought to Mary Mediatrix Medical Center and Lipa Medix Medical Center for treatment.

However, two were declared dead on arrival identified as Janelle Anne Dalanon,9, and Jaylord Lance Dalanon, 12, by the attending physician Dr. Christopher Velasco of Mary Mediatrix Medical Center.

The police said the driver was under the influence of liquor during the accident. Jojo Magsombol/PNA-northboundasia.com