Saturday, January 02, 2010

Troops rescue 20 injured passengers after road mishap in Mindanao

Photos released by the Philippine Army show soldiers attending to road mishap victims in Montevista District Hospital in Compostela Valley province after rescuing them Friday, January 1, 2009.
DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / January 2, 2009) – Philippine soldiers rescued at least 20 people who were injured in a freak road accident in Compostela Valley province in Mindanao, officials said Saturday.

Officials said troops rushed the victims to hospital after rescuing them in the village of Andap in New Bataan town on Friday afternoon. Lieutenant Jose Reyes, of the 66th Infantry Battalion, said a hand-tractor converted into a passenger vehicle collided with a motorcycle and then slammed into a car.

The car then hit a parked motorcycle taxi and injuring several people.

Reyes said the tractor was transporting 7 passengers when it collided with the motorcycle which had also 5 passengers. The rest of the injured were by-standers.

“With the victims sprawled all over the area bloodied from major abrasions and lacerated wounds, onlookers were left in a state of shock. Troopers who, by divine intervention, happened to be at the area to celebrate family day quickly responded by giving first aid to the victims with minor injuries while other troops immediately rushed the victims who suffered major injuries to the nearest hospital on board the Isuzu military vehicle for immediate medical attention,” Reyes said.

“The troops also made necessary coordination with hospital personnel to ensure that every victim was properly attended and taken care of accompanying them while they were being treated,” he said. (Mindanao Examiner)

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