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Filipino family dies in horrific road accident along ‘most dangerous highway in US’

A Filipino family and a family friend were killed when their vehicle crashed into a tree in Delano, California.

Four members of the Laguta family were killed including the father, 46-year old Jalson Rubang Laguta; the mother, 30-year old Arlene Osarin Laguta; and their children 5-year old Jalson Laguta, and 7-month old baby Jarl Joseph Laguta.

A family friend who was also in the vehicle, 60-year old Danilo Aquino Sanidad, was also killed in the crash.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Jalson Rubang Laguta was driving a 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor SUV along the northbound lane of Highway 99 when their vehicle swerved before crashing into a tree on the side of the road.

A study published in 2016 named the highway as the “most dangerous highway in the United States”.

“We looked at the number of fatal accidents that happened in dark areas, without lighting available. These highways were mostly found in the south and the west, the darkest being the SR-99 (State Route 99) in California,” the report said. (Photo credit: Philippine Daily Inquirer)

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