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3 killed in SCTEX smash-up

Three persons were killed in a four-vehicle collision at the SCTEX near Sapang Balen in Mabalacat City on Wednesday.

The victims were identified as the vehicle’s passengers Normita Valencia, 49; Leslie Pangan, 46; and MJ Uriel Santos, 9.

The driver, identified as Ma. Maureen Santos, 47, of No. 221 Silangan St., Mapalacsiao City, Tarlac, Tarlac, survived.

Initial investigation revealed a Ford Ranger, owned by the Prasad Seeds Phil Inc. and being driven by Jett Ace Pascua, 29,  of Ramirez Compound, Patalan, Paniqui, Tarlac, lost control of the vehicle and rammed into the highway’s steel guardrail on the opposite side.

The impact caused the Ford Ranger to sideswipe the incoming Faw truck owned by  Chesvet Steel Manufacturing and being 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 into the Toyota vehicle killing the four victims on the spot.

The police said the driver of the pickup could have lost control due to slippery road caused by  heavy rains in the area.

Case of Imprudence resulting in homicide, physical injuries and damage to property are being readied against the van’s  driver.