The Killer Highway Claims Lives Yet Again With 6 Dead and 19 Hurt!
In Taytay, Rizal, an infamous stretch of road brings chills to whoever traverses it. It was notoriously dubbed as the Killer Highway.
Another road mishap along the so-called Killer Highway in Tikling, Taytay, Rizal claimed the lives of 6 people after a trailer truck, loaded with a 20-foot container van, rammed into a roadside row of houses and a tricycle terminal on Saturday morning.
In a Facebook post by netizen Al Valle, he narrated how he witnessed the truck’s road rampage, narrowly avoiding the accident himself when he crossed the street.
In the closed circuit television (CCTV) footage, the wayward truck first hit the rear part of the tricycle, maneuvering to avoid it but subsequently losing control. It slammed onto the stores and the tricycle terminal, after hitting numerous bystanders and passengers. The container load then fell from the truck and crashed into a tree.
The names of the fatalities were not yet released since the families were still identifying the victims’ bodies. Fatalities included a 1-year old girl and her mother, a grade 11 student, a female landlady, and 2 male tricycle drivers, as reported by Richard Marcellano, the team lead of the Taytay Rizal Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (TMDRRMO). Meanwhile, injured bystanders and pedestrians totaled 19, most of them were likely walking along the road when tragedy struck.
Based on investigations, the errant driver was identified as Paul John Teston accompanied by his passenger, Christan Chua. Both were treated for minor injuries at the Mayor June V. Zapanta Emergency Hospital. Teston will be charged with reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide, multiple damages to properties, and multiple injuries. The trucking service company that employs Teston may also face civil liabilities.
In the initial report released by the Taytay Police, the trailer truck was traversing the upper portion of Cabrera road, going down Tikling towards Ortigas Avenue extension. It reportedly lost its brakes, ramming into roadside houses and the tricycle terminal.
Al Valle, who initially posted about the accident on Facebook, was grateful for narrowly avoiding danger. His post was accompanied by videos taken during the aftermath of the crash.
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WARNING: THE FOLLOWING VIDEOS CONTAIN SCENES THAT ARE GRAPHIC IN NATURE. VIEWER DISCRETION IS STRONGLY ADVISED.
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