Drowsy driver tips over 16-wheeler

admin   •   December 13, 2018   •   2266

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Fighting off sleep while on the road, a driver ended up tipping over the 16-wheeler truck he was driving along North Luzon Expressway in Balintawak, Thursday at dawn.

Stephen Morones,30, was driving with delivery helper, Fernando Santillan, when he suddenly felt drowsy from working all night loading containers until morning.

He tried to park by the side of the road for a quick nap but was prevented from doing so.

“Tatabi dapat ako diyan kaya lang sinusundan kami ng wrecker. Nakikusap ako ng kahit 30 minutes lang, hindi ako pinagbigyan eh, kaya dinerecho ko na (I was going to park by the side but a wrecker was following us. I asked if I could have at least 30 minutes, but they wouldn’t allow it. So, I just kept on driving),” Morones said.

Struggling to stay awake, he continued to drive not realizing that he was already falling asleep at the wheel.

The truck initially crashed into a concrete separator and a road sign before flipping over onto its side, blocking the two lanes on NLEX.

Santillan sustained foot injuries and complained of pain in the hip while Morones has trouble walking after the accident.

No one else was reported hurt by the incident.

The crash caused heavy traffic on NLEX and Edsa northbound prompting the NLEX traffic control to send for a lifter to haul the truck to the impounding area at the Pulilan Exit.

The truck’s driver will be facing reckless driving resulting in damage to property. — Chato Alonsagay (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

NLEX begins Subic Freeport Expressway expansion project

Robie de Guzman   •   September 13, 2019

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Corporation is set to start the construction of the P1.6 billion Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) capacity expansion project after a groundbreaking ceremony held on Thursday (Sept. 12).

NLEX Corporation President and General Manager Luigi Bautista said the project is aimed at promoting traffic safety and easing travel time to and from the Subic Bay Freeport.

“By increasing the road capacity of SFEX, which traverses the provinces of Bataan and Zambales, the transport of goods in and out of the Subic Freeport would be faster and easier,” Bautista said.

The SFEX capacity expansion project includes the construction of two additional lanes, two bridges at Jadjad and Argonaut and a two-lane tunnel parallel to the existing tunnel.

Also included in the project are the installation of expressway-standard LED lights to improve motorists’ visibility at night and the raising of Maritan-Highway-Rizal Highway-Tipo Road junction which is usually waterlogged during rainy days.

“One of the key drivers of economic growth is the network of high-quality roads. The NLEX Corp., through NLEX and SCTEX, and the soon- to-expanded SFEX not only intends to accelerate development but also hopes to encourage travel convenience and road safety,” Bautista said in a separate statement.

The 8.2-kilometer SFEX, also known as Subic-Tipo Expressway or NLEX Segment 7, links Subic Bay Freeport and the 94-kilometer Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway.

The project, expected to be completed next year, is seen to enhance accessibility and promote travel efficiency on the key road that connects Bataan and Zambales.

It is also expected to boost Subic’s competitiveness in trade and tourism industries. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Leslie Huidem)

NLEX to probe coping beam collapse incident in Skyway Stage 3 project

Robie de Guzman   •   August 19, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Corporation on Monday said it will probe the incident of coping beam collapse that caused traffic build-up at the southbound lane of Balintawak in Quezon City on Sunday.

In a Twitter post, the NLEX Corp. said the decision came “after a coping beam being lifted for one of the piers detached during the installation yesterday morning.”  

It said a review will be conducted on the lifting and other construction procedures used by the contractor of the San Miguel-led Citra Central Expressway Corporation Skyway Stage 3 project.  

“The NLEX Corporation and San Miguel-led Citra Central Expressway Corporation (CCEC) today said they will conduct a review of the lifting procedures and other construction methodologies to be employed by the contractor for the Skyway Stage 3 Project within the NLEX area to ensure safety of motorists and construction personnel,” it said.

Around 9 a.m. on Sunday, a 58-ton coping beam being installed for the project fell down after it got detached from its hook.

The NLEX said the incident caused the flow of traffic to slow down at Balintawak-Camachile area.

The coping beam was fully retrieved at past 12 p.m., making three lanes passable.

The Skyway Stage 3 project is an 18.68-kilometer elevated expressway that will connect Buendia in Makati City to Balintawak, Quezon City.

It is projected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020.

SCTEX to open 20 more lanes

Robie de Guzman   •   May 16, 2019

Courtesy : NLEX

Travel to and from various parts of northern Luzon will soon become more convenient with the addition of new toll lanes on Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEx) Corp. said 20 additional lanes will be built at Clark North, Clark South, San Miguel, Bamban and Tarlac toll plazas.

One new toll lane each will be constructed at Clark North entry/exit and Clark South B exit while two new lanes each will be added at Clark South A exit and Tarlac entry/exit.

Two lanes will be constructed at the San Miguel northbound entry and southbound exit and another lane to the northbound exit.

NLEx Corp. said the construction is expected to begin in July and will be completed by November this year.

“The new lanes aim to enable speedy toll transactions even during peak hours and holidays when traffic volume on the expressway rises sharply,” said Luigi Bautista, NLEX Corporation president and general manager in a statement.

“The additional toll lanes will help improve SCTEx’s connectivity in its areas, particularly in Clark, which is being positioned as Asia’s next aerotropolis and investment center,” he added.

Aside from new SCTEx toll lanes, NLEx Corp. will also be converting San Miguel (Luisita) into a full interchange to make it more accessible to motorists as it will have complete entry and exit points from both northbound and southbound directions.

The soon-to-open Bamban Interchange will likewise have three entry and three exit lanes providing a direct connection to the New Clark City which will be the main venue for this year’s Southeast Asian Games.

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