Stalled truck becomes instant attraction in Mandaluyong

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 23 2014 10:07 AM | Updated as of Jan 23 2014 11:34 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE 2) -- A 10-wheeler truck stalled in Mandaluyong City became an instant attraction on Thursday, as passersby flocked to have their pictures taken with the vehicle, which had its nose in the air due to heavy cargo.

The truck was carrying a container van with glass. Authorities said there was no danger of the container van slipping off the truck because it was bolted to the vehicle.

According to the driver, Bernardo Lopez, the truck had just exited the tunnel from EDSA and was on its way to a warehouse in Mandaluyong at around 3 a.m. Thursday when its nose suddenly rose into the air.

Lopez said that he suspected the cargo was loaded incorrectly into the container van, with the weight mostly at the end.

He did not try to open the van for fear the glass might fall out and break.

DZMM's Dexter Ganibe reported the owners of the cargo asked the Mandaluyong traffic enforcers for help.

According to the enforcers, the truck's nose should first be made to again touch the ground before the cargo could possibly be unloaded, and the vehicle towed.

The truck was righted with the help of two cranes at around 1 p.m., ten hours after its nose went up into the air.

The truck sustained no damage to its engine.

The truck reportedly caused traffic to slow down in the area.