ILIGAN CITY - Personnel from the Department of Public Works and Highways – Lanao del Norte 2nd District Engineering Office (DPWH-LN2 DEO) were first on the scene after a fuel truck rammed into the wing wall and concrete railings of the Nunucan Bridge 1, Barangay Maria Cristina in the early morning of November 3.
The accident rolled over the 10-wheeler truck onto its side spilling hundreds of liters of diesel fuel into the bridge’s asphalt pavement.
“First, we cordoned off the fuel truck and closed Nunucan Bridge 1 to traffic. This is to prevent additional accidents caused by spilled fuel. Second, we assisted in directing traffic especially with the increased volume of vehicles in Bridge 2. Third, our crew also assisted in lifting the truck right side up," Engr. Norodin Batabor of Maintenance Section said.
The fuel truck was carrying 20-thousand liters of diesel fuel bound for Jimenez, Misamis Occidental.
"It was very fortunate that no one was hurt in the accident. We needed people with Hazmat training to assist us deal with the situation," added Batabor.
Firefighters from Maria Cristina Fire Station responded to the accident and helped contain the spilled crude oil.
Nunucan bridge 1 was finally opened to the motoring public at 7:30 in the evening after a rented crane lifted the truck back from its side.
“Except for this accident, the Lakbay Alalay teams of DPWH who were deployed during the Undas weekend reported no other traffic accident," Batabor said.
‘Lakbay Alalay’ is a motorist assistance program of DPWH aimed at providing commuters and motorists with round-the-clock emergency assistance during this year’s observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. The Lakbay Alalay teams are also tasked to ensure that major highways are well-maintained and free from traffic obstructions. (DPWH)
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