Three people were killed while 36 others were injured when the truck they were riding from the burial of a relative figured in an accident in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, on Thursday afternoon, police said.

Superintendent Martin Gamba, Caraga regional police spokesman, identified the fatalities as Wenie Valencia, 55; Rey Maturan, of legal age, and Laiza Valencia, a minor.

Injured were Ronamie Alquero, 10; Erlinda Suelo, 58; Lovely Mae Erigan, 14; Lestelie Buesa, 19; Lenamae Buesa, 23; Allen Ruiz, 19; Felicima Valencia, 70; Myrna Emoy, 43; Merita Bughaw, 44; Maricel Villahonda, 24; Clarita Emoy, 52; Angela Anahaw, 10; Ronald Costelo, 10; Jenifer Albios, 18; Ma. Lina Pame, 37; Jaime Palisa, 63; Apolonia Genella, 61; Rumulo Salundaga, 53; Victoriano Salundaga, 70; Rosemarie Salundaga, 32; Juliet Salundaga, 7; Arnold Reli Sr., 34; Marivic Reli, 34; Arnold Reli Jr., 14; Jean Cabusas, 30; and Winsislawa Reli, 70.

Ten other people, who local authorities have yet to identify, were also hurt, Gamba said.

The incident occurred around 4 p.m. while the six-wheeled Isuzu cargo truck (JEE-493) was travelling along the National Road in Purok-4, Brgy. Sta. Irene.

“The truck was reportedly on the way back from a burial when it happened,” PO3 Darlin Cabalinan-Migullas, of the Caraga regional police public information office, said. (John Roson)

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