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1 dead, 13 hurt in TPLEx accident

DAGUPAN CITY — A 22-year-old woman from Benguet province died while 13 others were injured on early Saturday morning (April 21) when a passenger van crashed into a steel railing of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEx) in Rosales town in Pangasinan province, police said.

Shilany Aten-an, a resident of Buguias town, died on the way to a hospital where she and other passengers were taken by rescuers, according to Chief Insp. John Corpuz, Rosales police chief. Among the wounded passengers was 6-year-old Kaiser Mangupang.

The Baguio City-bound van, carrying 14 passengers, left Mabalacat town in Pampanga province at about 11 p.m. on Friday (April 20).

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As the van sped through TPLEx along Barangay (village) San Bartolome, its left rear tire burst, causing it to veer to the right, striking a steel railing before it toppled on its right side at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The crash injured Mangupang, Jeremy de Jesus, 34; Joanna Jose, 26; Lilian Ganado, 37; Gay Pascual, 21; Jouie May Quintela, 22; Richelle Franza, 30; Morris Mangupang, 30; Sarah Delos Reyes, 23; Kristina Mangupang Medina,  30; Lester Tiongson Bacani, 18; Jerry Lachaong and Wilson Guevara, 38.

Corpuz said a case for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and multiple injuries  is being prepared against the van driver, Luisito Mora, 44.

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