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Benguet mayor survives accident on ‘killer highway’

Jul 2, 2016 @ 9:10

Buguias, Benguet Mayor Ruben Tinda-an fell in a ravine on the so-called “killer highway” of the province and still survived.

The mishap involving Tinda-an occurred Thursday afternoon along Halsema Highway in Calasipan, Atok, Benguet. The politiko’s vehicle was driven by Roderick Segundo.

According to a Sun Star report Saturday (July 2), Tinda-an and Segundo were traversing the highway when the latter suddenly fell asleep behind the wheel in Kilometer 57.

The vehicle then plunged in a 20-meter ravine. Luckily, the two occupants did not die and were taken to Atok District Hospital for treatment.

The same report noted how accident-prone the 150-kilometer Halsema highway was; in fact, it has an online reputation of being “one of the most dangerous highways in the world”.

“Every day, commuters, transporters, tourists, and residents coming from Baguio or Mt. Province drove this route, braving steep crags, narrow and sheer drop offs, some more than 1000 feet,” the report read.

Halsema, which connects Baguio City to Bontoc, Mountain Province is also known to have landslides. (Randy K. Ortega)

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