North Luzon Expressway in the Philippines. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Five Filipino migrant workers on their way to Clark International Airport in Pampanga, Philippines were killed in a traffic accident on North Luzon Expressway on Saturday, March 23.

A recruitment agency representative and 13 workers were involved in the accident when their vehicle lost control after a tire blew out, CNN Philippines reported.

According to Superintendent Elmer Decena of Apalit Police, the victims, all female, were leaving for Saudi Arabia for work. Five Filipinas were killed in the accident and nine injured.

Decena said the driver of the vehicle was identified as John Leo Abad Jaylo, who was placed under arrest. According to a report by Manila Bulletin, Jaylo lost control of the vehicle and swerved and hit a six-wheeler truck.

The injured were sent to Jose Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital for treatment. Jaylo was charged with reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide, physical injury and damage to property.

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