At least 10 individuals died and eight others had been injured after a passenger van smashed right into a truck in in Davao City this morning (Wednesday, June 14).
Nine of the victims died on the scene and one other succumbed to their accidents whereas en path to hospital, stated police spokeswoman Senior Inspector Marial Teresita Gaspan. The fatalities included the driving force of the van.
The van had set out from Monkayo city in Compostela Valley and was travelling in the direction of Davao metropolis centre when it crashed right into a Davao del Norte-bound truck travelling in the other way shortly after 5am.
Speaking after the collision, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte has criticised a number of authorities companies for failing to impose better self-discipline on drivers of public utility autos.
“It seems that authorities have again faltered in their duties and obligations,” he stated.
Enacted in 2013, Executive Order No. 30 set the velocity limits for all types of motor autos from 30kph in town centre to 60kph alongside national roads.
Vice Mayor Duterte, son of the president, stated town noticed a dramatic discount in deaths from street accidents when the ordinance was carried out, and referred to as on transport authorities to ensure it was strictly enforced.
“To the families of the victims, we regret your loss,” he added.