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66IB troopers rescue victims of vehicular mishap

Bataan, COMVAL (5 January) -- In a rare demonstration of the true-spirit of being "Kabalikat or kabulig", troops from 66TH Infantry Battalion remarkably upheld its mandate as the protector of the people when it figured in the successful rescue of the victims of a vehicular accident that occurred along Bamboo Resort, Bgy Andap New Bataan Comval Province at around 3 pm last January 1.

The said mishap seriously injured twenty (20) persons who came from a merry-making in connection with the celebration of New Year festivities.

On a detailed narrative, a hand-tractor (kuliglig) improvised passenger vehicle driven by a certain Jose Celestino loaded with seven passengers while on its way going to Brgy Cabinuangan, New Bataan lost its brake in-front of Bamboo Resort thereby causing the driver to lose control of the said vehicle which subsequently collided with the ascending Honda TMX tricycle bearing plate number LK 4620 driven by Menecio Damuag of Compostela loaded with five passengers.

After the initial collision, the kuliglig slammed against a Toyota VIOS bearing plate number LGM 645 driven by Vergil Icat then bumped to a parked motorcycle owned by Elmer Nunez side-sweeping several bystanders in the process. After the third impact, the passenger carrier of the tractor loaded with seven (7) passengers was thrown away and continued to roll over for more than two hundred (200) meters along the road until it finally fell on a two-meter ditch.

With the victims sprawled all over the area bloodied from major abrasions and lacerated wounds, onlookers were left in a state of shock. Kabalikat 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.

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.

At around 5:00 pm of the same day, a team of CMO personnel led by 1LT REYES, with the guidance of LTC SEQUITIN, proceeded at Montevista District Hospital to check on the conditions of the victims and to offer any appropriate assistance the unit can extend to the victims. With the timely and quick response by the troops, all of the victims are now recuperating and are declared under stable condition.. "Dako ang amuang pagpasalamat nga naa ang Army kay dali nga nadala sa balay tambalanan ang mga samaran (We are thankful that the Army were there to rush the injured to the nearest hospital)" said one of the victims. (10th1D) [top]

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