Three women died and two men were seriously injured when a speeding van fell into an open canal and hit the concrete culvert along an accident-prone section of Kauswagan Highway in Cagayan de Oro City at around 2:00am yesterday morning, July 5.

Based on a news report from ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol, rescuers identified the fatalities as Cherish Cabador of Opol, Misamis Oriental, Jubilyn Jayag of Barangay Lapasan, and Jessa Shane Fabria of El Salvador City.

From SunStar CDO, the two injured men were identified as Mohammad Isah Taha, reportedly the driver of the Toyota Hi-ace van and a certain John Vincent Advincula. Both were brought to Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC).

Initial investigation revealed the van was speeding towards Bulua when the driver apparently lost control and crashed into the open canal and hit the concrete portion of a driveway.

The site of the accident has been known to be prone to numerous vehicular mishaps in the past.

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