AN elderly woman on Sunday died while seven others, including three children, were injured when a van fell into a creek in Mankayan, Benguet.
Police identified the fatality as Aida Balanban Paldigan, 50. She was declared dead on arrival at a hospital.
The injured were van driver Romy Dulaypan Dawig, 28; Constancia Paldingan Segundo, 51; Jeana Dawig Segundo, 25; Roje Jake Segundo Dawig, 6; Jeanar Raye Dawig Segundo, 4; Sherwin Dulaypan Dawig, 2; all residents of Benguet, and Marilyn Dulaypan Dawig, 34, of Ilocos Sur.
The van was on its way to Quirino, Ilocos Sur when it suffered mechanical defect and plunged into the creek at Km. 3, Tabio, Mankayan town at 7 a.m. on Sunday.
Responding police, barangay officials and residents rescued the victims and rushed them to the Infirmary Clinic in Poblacion and Lepanto Hospital in Paco, both in Mankayan.
Marilyn, Roje Jake and Sherwin were released from the Infirmary Clinic after treatment of minor wounds.