Traffic on the northbound lane of the North Luzon Expressway in Marilao, Bulacan slowed down after steel trusses fell from a trailer truck on Friday.
NLEX-SCTEX Traffic Senior Manager Robin Ignacio told Super Radyo dzBB that the vehicle was plying the northbound lane of the tollway at 3:15 p.m. when the incident occurred.
A tow truck was deployed in the area to remove the truck which also suffered engine trouble.
“More than 2 kilometers ‘yung report of slow moving traffic sa area. Finull stop din namin para mai-counterflow ang tow truck. Pagkaayos na pagkaayos po pwede na siyang i-go kaagad,” said Ignacio.
(There is more than 2 kilometers of slow-moving traffic in the area. We stopped the vehicle flow so the tow truck can counterflow to remove the truck.)
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the incident, he added.
Meanwhile, Ignacio said 17 suction trucks were deployed in flooded sections of the NLEX to remove the floodwaters which caused heavy buildup in the tollway.
On July 31, motorists endured heavy traffic of up to 10 kilometers as flood waters as high as tires of cars hit the Tulaoc overpass near San Simon, Pampanga exit.
“Napababa na po namin ang level from 0.65 meters to kahapon, nasa 0.4 meters na lang. Sa kabilang direction, nasa 0.25 meters na lang,” he said.
(We were able to decrease the flood level from 0.65 meters to 0.4 meters yesterday. In the other direction, there’s still water of 0.25 meters)
Ignacio said the operations would continue until the floodwaters are removed.
“Sa ngayon 17 suction trucks, sinu-suction po [ang tubig] then dina-dump namin sa malayong area para di na bumalik [ang tubig]. Maliban pa ‘yung pump na tuloy-tuloy na nagp-pump out. Itutuloy-tuloy namin ito hanggang sa bumaba at comfortable na dumaan ang mga sasakyan,” the NLEX official added.
(We currently have 17 suction trucks aside from trucks that continuously pump out the water. They suction the floodwaters and then dump them in a far area. We’ll continue to do that until we remove all of it.)
Heavy rains brought about by the enhanced habagat, and Typhoons Egay and Falcon caused widespread floods in parts of the country including Luzon and Metro Manila. —Sundy Locus/NB, GMA Integrated News