Sat. May 25th, 2019

Rider dead, another injured on Kidapawan ‘killer highway’


AMAS, Kidapawan City – A motorbike rider was killed and his driver severely injured in another mishap Sunday (today) along an accident-prone section of the national road highway in this suburb village, the seat of the North Cotabato provincial government.

AMAS, Kidapawan City – A motorbike rider was killed and his driver severely injured in another mishap Sunday (today) along an accident-prone section of the national road highway in this suburb village, the seat of the North Cotabato provincial government.

Rider Danny Carnate Dago, 29, and Edison Seiner Obiasada, 28, both residents of Purok Km. 110 here, were half conscious when responding residents led by Barangay Amas Chairman Nelvin Naviamos rushed them to the nearby hospital of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) here.

Attending medical workers said Dago succumbed to severe spinal injuries, while Obiasada, the driver, was in critical condition due to external and internal injuries sustained from the accident.

The mishap happened around 9:30 a.m. Sunday (today) when the duo’s motorbike rammed a passenger multi-cab behind while trying to overtake, eyewitnesses said.

Due to strong impact, they said, the two riders were thrown in the middle of the road where a trailing sedan car ran them over.

The accident caused a brief traffic jam along the highway where it took responding residents more than 20 minutes to pull out Dago and Obiasada, the bike driver, from beneath the sedan car.

It was the latest mishap in a spate of accidents along the same two-kilometer road section, which residents satirically described as Kidapawan City’s “killer highway.”

Close to two dozens of accidents along the same highway in two years, leaving more than victims killed. Some of the fatalities were residents here, including students from nearby Amas secondary and elementary schools here.

Concerned residents have long been clamored for a local declaration of speed limit or installation of early warning signs along the “killer highway.” But their clamor has remained unheeded. (Ali G. Macabalang)

Ali Macabalang

Ali Macabalang, Senior Correspondent of The Manila Bulletin, Tempo newspapers and various private and government media entities in different positions, one of very few Filipino Muslim scribes that newspapers readers may have noticed their bylines in various stories on different issues.