February 24, 2024

SCTEX multiple vehicle collision leaves 4 dead

By Justine Rich Talusan

A FOUR-VEHICLE collision on Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX ) near Sapang Balen in Mabalacat City, Pampanga left four dead on Wednesday.

Police identified the victims as Ma. Maureen Santos, 47, driver of Toyota Wigo, and a resident of 221 Silangan St., Mapalacsiao City,  Tarlac, Tarlac, and her passengers Normita Valencia, 49; Leslie Pangan, 46; and MJ Uriel Santos, 9.

An investigation showed a Ford Ranger driven by Jett Ace Pascua, 29,  of Ramirez Compound, Patalan, Paniqui, Tarlac, went out of control and rammed the highway’s steel guard rail on the opposite side.

The impact caused the Ford Ranger to sideswipe an incoming Faw truck driven by Jerry Valerio, 35, of San Pedro, Magalang, Pampanga.

The truck fell on its side, hitting the  Victory bus being driven by Eulalio Alcantara, 42, of Bgy . Pocalpocal, Alaminos City, Pangasinan.

The bus then collided with the Toyota vehicle, pinning the four victims inside who died on the spot.

Police said the driver of the Ford Ranger pick up truck could have lost control of the vehicle due to slippery road caused by  heavy rains in the area.

Cases for reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide, physical injuries,and damage to property are being readied for filing in court against the driver of the Ford Ranger.