MANILA, Philippines – A 10-wheeler truck loaded with sand crashed onto a center island in Pasig City, causing heavier traffic along the southbound lane of C5 Road on Thursday, September 28.
According to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Operations Commander Vic Felizardo, the truck lost its brakes around 3 am on Thursday. It then blocked the service road.
The truck was only cleared at 12:20 pm, 9 hours after the crash.
Felizardo said they had difficulty with the clearing operations due to the size of the truck.
The impact of the incident was felt by a lot of motorists and commuters. Although the crash did not cause any injuries, it did result in a massive traffic jam.
Social media users commented on a Facebook post showing the incident, saying they were late for work due to the road congestion. Some even shared how they were forced to walk instead.
Some also pointed out that the area where the truck got stuck seems to be crash-prone.
Felizardo explained that vehicles tend to have a hard time making a turn in that area because the road is narrow. It doesn’t help that vehicles tend to go at higher speeds since the area is also downhill.
Felizardo said traffic lights were installed and enforcers were deployed to that area to prevent crashes. – Rappler.com