At 5:40 pm (130 minutes ago), we were returning to Brooke’s Point from Rio Tuba when we came upon this scene.
According to eyewitnesses, two trucks–one of them a 14-wheeler–were speeding along the narrow two-lane national highway. They were on their way to Rio Tuba. Suddenly, a 7-year old girl darted across the road. One of the two trucks was unable to avoid hitting her. The driver tried but as his vehicle’s skid marks show, after the girl was obliterated, he lost control of his own truck causing the trailer he was pulling to separate and overturn. The cab of his own truck overturned as well. He survived and was taken to the hospital. His condition at the time of the accident was unknown.
The accident happened at about 5:30 pm.
Apparently, the girl’s torso was separated at her hips. Everything above her legs was obliterated. Her teeth were strewn all over the road.
By way of consolation, we can almost be sure that she felt no pain.
Images of the victim’s remains were segregated and are stored in another post
The remains of the girl that darted across the street were collected in a cardboard box. If the sight of human remains repulse you, you can stop here.
For those who want to view the images of the girl’s remains, click here. You will need to enter the following password:
Tragedies like this can be expected especially because of the Filipinos’ fatalistic attitude towards life. This attitude is embodied in the common Filipino expression–bahala na. The driver wore no seat belts. And neither does the one of the vehicle in this familiar scene shown below: