KANANGA, Leyte—Two passengers of a truck carrying livestock were injured when the vehicle they were in lost its brakes and fell off the side of a hilly road, dragging a hatchback vehicle along with it.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:20 pm on Friday (May 17) along the national highway in Barangay Poblacion.

The injured passengers were identified as Aser Avila, 29, and Filmar Cawayan Silao, 24, both residents of Brgy. Maybog, Baybay City.

Police reported that the vehicles involved were a gray Toyota Wigo with plate number HAC 3328, driven by Ulysses Semaña Silva, 49, a self-employed resident of Sitio Tabunok, Brgy. Poblacion, Kananga, Leyte, and an Isuzu Broiler Steel Cage Truck with plate number 0716-0559896, registered to Alma Palcon Gunhuran of St. Scholastica’s Village, Guindapunan, Palo, Leyte, and driven by Jonathan Jadina Castañas, 40, a resident of Brgy. Maybog.

Initial investigation revealed that the Isuzu truck, loaded with poultry livestock, was descending from Rizal-Hiluctogan-Lim-ao Road towards the national road when its brakes malfunctioned.

As a result, the driver lost control, causing the truck to veer off the road and collide with the Toyota Wigo, which was traveling along the National Highway towards Ormoc City. The collision caused both vehicles to fall off the elevated edge of the road.

Passengers Avila and Silao sustained injuries and were transported to Kananga Municipal Hospital by the Kananga Emergency Response Team for immediate medical attention.

Both drivers suffered minor injuries and were taken to the station for further investigation. The truck driver requested additional medical assistance and proceeded to Ormoc City for further treatment.