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2 men died after elf ferrying livestock fell into river in Tabuk City

Tabuk City, Kalinga – A driver of an elf and his passenger died after their vehicle plunged into a river at the Luyucan Bridge in Nambaran, Tabuk City on Friday afternoon, January 26, 2024.


Based on the Tabuk City police investigation obtained by GURU Press Cordillera, the elf, described to be ferrying livestock, was driven by Jenifer Pepito, 46, a resident of Barangay San Julian, with his passengers identified as Santiago Boquiren Jr., a resident of Quezon City, and Serio Paskaran of Isabela.


The vehicle was traversing the national road and was following a wing van driven by Carl Adrian Rasco, 37, with his passengers, Jaylord Lacbayan, 20, and Kennedy Bernal, all residents of Santiago City.

According to Rasco, who was interviewed by the police, when they approached the Luyucan Bridge past 2:00 p.m., the elf bumped into the back of the wing van he was driving.


The impact of the crash sent the van down the side of the road, while the elf went straight into the river, falling approximately 20 meters from the highway.


Unfortunately, Boquiren was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician, while the elf driver, Pepito, succumbed to his injuries at about 2:45 p.m. on January 26.


The rest of the individuals involved, meanwhile, were admitted to the hospital for observation.


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