Skyway accident triggers heavy traffic leading to NAIA
MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – A girder launcher on a portion of the ongoing Skyway construction project in Pasay City fell on at least 5 vehicles Monday afternoon, March 23.
The girder launcher, which is used to lift heavy concrete slabs, fell on the vehicles around 3:30 pm near the southbound lane of Tramo-Andrews Avenue area, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.
No one was hurt in the incident, but the accident triggered heavy traffic in the areas leading to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals 1, 2, and 3.
Following the accident, the westbound lane was closed, with one eastbound lane passable. Meanwhile, the EDSA-Tramo flyover to Andrews Avenue was also closed to traffic.
As of posting, the MMDA had deployed equipment to remove the concrete beam lifter from the area. The operation was estimated to take several hours.
The northbound and westbound lanes of the Tramo-Andrew Avenue area were reopened to traffic as of 11:30 pm Monday, according to MMDA tweets. – Katerina Francisco/Rappler.com