5 injured after van, shuttle crash on NLEX

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Posted at Nov 25 2012 04:26 PM | Updated as of Nov 26 2012 07:20 PM

MANILA, Philippines – At least five people were injured after a UV Express Service shuttle and a Starex van crashed into each other on the northbound lane of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) before the Balintawak Toll Plaza late Sunday morning.

The front end of the shuttle with plate number TXV 388 was destroyed after crashing into the back end of the red Starex van with plate number DER 427 at 10:58 a.m. on Sunday.

The passengers of the shuttle were rushed to the Quezon City General Hospital, according to Osborne Magpawa, team leader of the Aero RescueTeam.

The injured passengers were Cathrin Gallese, 42; Erigel Claveria, 26 and her son John Paulo, 5; and Christian Muñoz, 26.

It took about an hour before the driver of the shuttle, identified as Richard Abag, 39, was rescued after being pinned inside the vehicle.

Both Abag and Gallese were transferred to the National Orthopedic Hospital after sustaining injuries to their bones.

According to initial investigations, the shuttle was in the northbound lane when it crashed into the Starex, which was being driven by Tony Gonzales.

There were no passengers inside the Starex van.

Due to the impact of the crash, the two vehicles spun around before winding up in the middle of the expressway.

Traffic on NLEX has returned to normal after authorities removed the vehicles. -- Report from DZMM