Three people were killed while six others were wounded in a road crash in Calamba City in Laguna on Tuesday morning, authorities reported.
A couple and their two children aged 4 and 11 were killed after a pickup truck slammed into two tricycles along the national highway of Barangay Bucal, said city police chief, Police Lt. Col. Milany Martirez.
Police identified the fatalities as Gilbert Palupit, and his passengers Aileen Palupit and Maria Aleisha Gale Palupit.
The couple’s other children aged 8 and 12 were in critical condition and are under intensive medical supervision.
According to police, the driver of the pickup truck, her boyfriend, and a couple who were in the other tricycle also sustained injuries and are now recuperating.
Police said the injured included motorcycle driver John Rey San Juan and his passenger Myla San Juan Alorro; the other passengers of the tricycle namely Akisha Gillen Palupit, Allyssa Joy Palupit, and Ayesha Gillian Palupit; and pickup truck passenger Clay John Nieto Tianzon.
The injured were brought to the JP Rizal Hospital, authorities said.
Police said the incident happened at around 3:30 am along the national highway in Calamba.
The driver of the pickup truck, identified as Alyssa Mae Pacrin Abitria, was detained by police and will face charges, police said.
Authorities reported that based on their investigation, the pickup truck, a Ford Raptor with plate number NDJ 1942, counter-flowed and hit the two tricycles.