A 22-year-old helper was pinned to death while five others were injured when a dump truck and a closed van fell into a deep side of the road along South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) yesterday morning in Muntinlupa city.
Dump truck helper Esmar Tolentino succumbed to severe injuries in the body while being rushed to Ospital ng Muntinlupa while his driver Edsel Ardona, and four other passengers of a closed van were placed under observation at the same hospital.
A report received by Southern Police District-Public Information Office (SPD-PIO) head Supt. Jenny Tecson showed that the incident happened at around 6:35 a.m. at the southbound lane of SLEX in Soldiers Hill, Bgy. Putatan, Muntinlupa city.
Ardona was driving a dump truck loaded with sand on the way to Calamba, Laguna from Angono Rizal when it rammed into a stalled closed van on the bridge along Soldiers Hill with four sleeping passengers, whose names were not immediately available, inside.
Due to the impact, both vehicles fell on the deep side of the road with the dump truck head smashed into a large tree pinning Tolentino to death.