A mini dump truck carrying elementary school students fell off a cliff in Boljoon, Cebu province this morning, killing at least eight people.
Police Staff Sargent Reynaldo Vidas told Coconuts Manila over the phone that eight people have been confirmed dead due to the incident but that there is likely to be more casualties.
The dump truck fell off a roadside cliff in Sitio Lingatong, Barangay (Village) Upper Becerril at around 7am today. The children were a mix of students from the Nangka Elementary School and San Antonio Elementary school, which are both located in mountain villages.
They rode the dump truck with guardians and teachers to attend the Boljoon District Cultural Nutrition and Sports Festival in the town center. The Department of Education-organized event was set to start at around 8am.
Investigations are still ongoing to find out what caused the incident and determine the victims’ identities. According to Vidas, victims were initially brought to the Oslob District Hospital and Boljoon Regional Health Unit, but some have been transferred to hospitals in Cebu City for further treatment.
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