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Fatal accident along national highway, near Baybay city.

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Jawny

This morning, there was a fatality on the highway near to Bunga High school.  The location was a typical road construction cluster.  A bridge was being rebuilt to accommodate the road widening project.  Some contractors take a great deal of care to put up warnings, have road guide personnel and such.  In this case, it was just a mess of construction with only one lane in use.  On either side of that lane was danger.  Either a drop off to the river bed or a collision area into huge piles of rebar being removed prior to pouring of the new bridge.

A tricycle had entered the single lane in the usual school rush fetching and delivering students.  A large truck traveling at excess speed (according to witnesses) entered the single lane and failed to stop for the tricycle.  The driver jumped, but too late and was injured, fatally. 

The highway was blocked for several hours while a large back hoe attempted to move the truck which had driven into the rebar forest.  

Very sad, and the tricycle driver leaves behind a family. 

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to_dave007

LOTS of big trucks travelling at excess speed here as well.

And big bikes..  Had a coffee on trans-central highway at 21km café (exactly 21km from JY Mall in Lahug) and when I came out to get in the Crosswind 4 big bikes passed at what felt like racing speed. Idiots.  600 meters down the road 2 of them, and their riders, sprawled over the road along with a slower motorcycle with husband and wife on it.. Husbands injuries seemed worst.  Looked like head on in left lane..  caused as the big bikes went around the blind turn.  No fatalities..  but just too much speed for the conditions.  Have seen multiple accidents at that same spot.

In the Baybay accident..  lock up the driver and impound the truck..  until something is at least paid to the surviving family.

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Jawny

Again, according to witnesses, the driver has already offered an explanation.......his brakes failed. Of course, he had managed to operate the vehicle right up to that moment with defective brakes.  Nonetheless, this is the standard stalling tactic.

Its doubtful the driver will suffer any penalty the truck owner might, and most likely the standard amount of ₽50,000   From that, a ₽25000 funeral will be held.  

If this sort of event happened in other places (outside the Philippines) there’s a good chance the contractor would share in some liability for failure to aid traffic in an area of heavy construction.  I might add, the contracts idea of having motorists alerted to the danger after dark is to have halogen lights placed.....pointed in the eyes of the drivers!

 

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Davaoeno

Just for your info- when a brake hose bursts it gives no warning. Nor does a tire blowout .   Just because the vehicle was operating  satisfactorily prior to the accident does not mean that nothing was wrong

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3 minutes ago, Davaoeno said:

Just for your info- when a brake hose bursts it gives no warning. Nor does a tire blowout .   Just because the vehicle was operating  satisfactorily prior to the accident does not mean that nothing was wrong

True. It should be noted though, that air brakes on trucks work the opposite of automotive hydraulic brakes. On a typical passenger/light truck vehicle, hydraulic pressure is used to activate the brakes, whereas air brakes use pressure to de-activate (release) the brakes. On a truck, if you lose pressure (blown hose) the brakes lock up, assuming of course they are properly adjusted and operational.

Air brakes are generally safer and more dependable than  hydraulic brakes, which is why they are used on heavy trucks and equipment. Unfortunately, no system is foolproof, and truck brakes need to be adjusted and maintained properly (uh-oh).

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Jawny

As is so common here, there are multiple witnesses, hence multiple stories.  A claim of brake failure is so common here that is has become a joke.  Pretty well known.  Even newspaper editorials written about the claim..."Nawalan ng preno!!"  

Well, the brakes were indeed working.  Just not used.  Also, the owner, who is likely to be considered fully responsible (?) was the driver.  So, the owner may end up paying as well as being in the receiving end of "an eye for an eye". 

The vehicles were stopped, the tricycle there first, and in the path of the truck if it should proceed.  The truck used the very common practice of simply placing his vehicle in the way, forcing someone to move.

The tricycle driver gave a non verbal indication of his displeasure.  The truck driver gave an equally non verbal response, involving his foot on the accelerator. The obvious conclusion/collision, resulted in the tricycle driver jumping for his life, but to little avail.  Rescuers immediately attempted a non-EMT style of rescue which included pulling on him in an attempt to remove him from his trapped position.  His cries indicated clearly that was a bad idea.  It was an hour or more of effort to get the truck moved, but it was too late.

He leaves the mother and his teenage daughter behind. His brother, on his way to his seafaring job is now on his way home from Manila to bury him.

A simple positioning of a road guide by the contractor may have prevented this.  Most construction sites do use guides, except of course during lunch time.

Drive safely!

 

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36 minutes ago, Jawny said:

The vehicles were stopped, the tricycle there first, and in the path of the truck if it should proceed.  The truck used the very common practice of simply placing his vehicle in the way, forcing someone to move.

The tricycle driver gave a non verbal indication of his displeasure.  The truck driver gave an equally non verbal response, involving his foot on the accelerator. The obvious conclusion/collision, resulted in the tricycle driver jumping for his life, but to little avail. 

Sounds like an "intentional" not an "accident".

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7 minutes ago, to_dave007 said:

Sounds like an "intentional" not an "accident".

The images I saw, show an extra long truck (not tractor trailer). It was hauling copra shells to a nearby processor (hence to owner driving).  The two vehicles were at a dead stop when the Mano Mano episode began.  

At it’s conclusion, the tricycle driver was pinned under the wheel well of the REAR WHEELS of the truck.  He had jumped off his tricycle, but the truck drove into his tricycle and continued until crashing into the rebar.  In all, probably 10 meters of travel.  

Not sure the term for such a premeditated act, but there may be two funerals soon.

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58 minutes ago, Jawny said:

The images I saw, show an extra long truck (not tractor trailer). It was hauling copra shells to a nearby processor (hence to owner driving).  The two vehicles were at a dead stop when the Mano Mano episode began.  

At it’s conclusion, the tricycle driver was pinned under the wheel well of the REAR WHEELS of the truck.  He had jumped off his tricycle, but the truck drove into his tricycle and continued until crashing into the rebar.  In all, probably 10 meters of travel.  

Not sure the term for such a premeditated act, but there may be two funerals soon.

Jesus..  just another case of a stupid snap decision that ends or changes so many peoples lives..  the two drivers.. their wives.. their kids..  

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lamoe

That part about no real saftey precautions  is very common here

Refinishing work being done  on very narrow road with blind curve outside condo building - at first one guy directing traffic during day - then one each end when got to curve - but not at night

Coming home at night almost got into head on with a motor (no lights on of course - him not me )  - next day  had a talk with bldg mgr about the situation outside

Mentioned  many expats live there and condo mgt might be involved in a lawsuit if accident happened and could she talk to contractor foreman?

When I left 2 men - with flashlights   - monitoring traffic at night

Learning how to work the system - helps that I've given chocolates , candied peanuts, and X-mass money for her and staff

This year promised Gummy Bears

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