A junior military officer of the Army’s elite Scout Ranger unit was killed and 11 others were injured in a vehicular accident at the boundary of Jimalalud and Tayasan towns in Negros Oriental yesterday.
Lt. Col. Ariel Felicidario, commanding officer of the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion, yesterday said that a convoy of military vehicles with army soldiers on board, who came from combat operations, were on their way to their headquarters in Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, when the accident took place at about 1:15 a.m. yesterday.
Capt. Neil Harold Yee, commanding officer of the 2nd Scout Ranger Company, died on the spot, while four of the 11 injured soldiers, are still in critical condition, and being treated at the Silliman University Medical Center in Dumaguete City, a military report showed.
The steering wheel of the South Korean TM450 military vehicle Yee and the 11 other Scout Rangers were on reportedly malfunctioned causing it tow swerve and hit a tree. Yee who was thrown out of the vehicle on impact was hit by the tree, the report added.
Felicidario said the seven other soldiers are now in stable condition, although they are still confined at a hospital in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.
Yee, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class 2003, assumed command of the 2nd SR Company from Capt. Wilson Montenegro, who died in an encounter with New People’s Army rebels in Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental, two months ago.
Last year, two Scout Ranger troopers also died in a vehicular accident in Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental, after a cargo truck they were riding on fell into a deep ravine.*GPB
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