5 Die As Van Carrying OFWs Catching Flight to Middle East Rolls Over

At least five people were killed when a van bringing them to Clark International Airport rolled over after a suspected blown tire on Saturday, March 23.

Local media said police authorities have yet to identify the victim.

The ill-fated van rolled over after it crashed into an Elf truck as one of its tires burst while cruising northbound at high speed along the Candaba viaduct at North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) in Pampanga at around 12:18pm. Thirteen of the passengers were reportedly overseas Filipino workers about to catch their flight to a destination in the Middle East.

Ten other passengers were seriously injured. Cesar Carlos, municipal disaster risk reduction and management chief, said the injured were taken to various hospitals nearby.

In a report, Apalit Police Lt. Col. Elmer Decena said eight of the 15 people inside the van were thrown out of the vehicle and plunged into a residential area in Barangay Tabuyuc in Apalit town.

Initial investigation showed that most of the passengers were asleep at the time of the incident.

The driver, identified as John Leo Laylo, 28, was arrested.