SIX persons yesterday died while nine others were seriously injured after the van they were riding flipped over while passing through an elevated portion on the northbound side of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) in Apalit, Pampanga.
Apalit police chief Lt. Col. Elmer Decena said they are verifying the names of the victims.
Five of the victims died on the spot while the 10 other passengers were rushed to the nearest hospital for treatment. One of the injured later died.
The Public Commuters and Motorists Alliance (PCMA) said according to a report from the NLEX Traffic Control Center, one of the van’s tires blew out that caused the vehicle to flip and roll over the lane of the NLEX viaduct at 12 p.m. yesterday.
Decena said nine of the 15 passengers plunged into a residential area in Bgy. Tabuyuc in Apalit municipality.
The accident caused traffic on the northbound lane area of the highway.
PCMA national president Jessie Santos advised motorists to be extra vigilant while on the road.
“Mag-ingat po tayo upang makaiwas sa aksidente. Isa lang ang buhay natin,” Santos said.
WOMAN THROWN OUT OF TRIKE
Meanwhile, a woman died when the tricycle she was riding was hit by a cargo truck in Lipa City, Batangas.
Jocelyn Aguila died on the spot after she was threwn out of the trike and dragged by the truck on President Jose P. Laurel Highway in Bgy. Tambo, Lipa City.
With Zaida delos Reyes and Jojo Magsombol