MANILA – (UPDATED) Former UAAP and PBA player Bryan Gahol and a woman died in a multiple vehicle collision at the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) early Tuesday morning.
According to an initial investigation, a cargo jeep first hit a trailer truck, which subsequently bumped the Nissan Urvan carrying Gahol. The van lost control, causing it to overturn along the highway before it was hit by another vehicle.
Authorities said Gahol and his friends were on their way to Quezon City from Laguna to attend a wake when the accident happened.
Gasol’s other companions survived the incident.
The cargo jeep had come from San Jose, Occidental Mindoro with 11 passengers. Two of the cargo jeep’s passengers, identified as Johnny Bangsoy and Felix Gonatisie, were injured.
The driver of the cargo jeep and the trailer truck are now under the custody of the Highway Patrol Group.
The multiple vehicle collision caused heavy traffic along SLEX near Southwoods in Laguna.
The 6-foot-5 Gahol played for the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons in the UAAP during the late 1990s. He played six seasons in the PBA, suiting up for Mobiline, Red Bull, and San Miguel Beer, among other teams. – reports from Jerome Lantin, ABS-CBN News and Dennis Datu, dzMM