MANILA, Philippines - Five vehicular accidents were recorded at the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) on Thursday morning as motorists rushed out of Metro Manila for the All Souls and All Saints Day holidays.
At 730am, a closed van blew its tire at kilometer 59, just 3 kilometers from the San Simon exit. The van did not collide with another vehicle, and no one was hurt in the incident.
At 8am, in San Simon, a Genesis bus collided with the vehicle in front of it, which resulted in a 5-vehicle collision. Clearing operations were completed by 9am.
One person was injured in the accident and was brought to hospital.
Shortly before 9am, a few meters from the Sta. Rita exit, a Ford Lynx caused a 4-vehicle collision. Again, fortunately, no injuries were incurred in the incident.
At past 11am, at kilometer 25-200, a Toyota Revo was sideswiped by another vehicle just before the Bocaue exit. This was a hit-and-run incident. Footage from the CCTV camera may be reviewed to determine the vehicle responsible, however, there is no guarantee that the cameras were zoomed in on the exact location at the time of the incident, bared Traffic Control Center officers.
Shortly thereafter, also at kilometer 25 near the Bocaue exit, 2 private vehicles collided; no one was hurt in the accident.
Heavy buildup was monitored at the Balintawak, Dau and Mindanao toll plazas of the 84-kilometer stretch expressway, causing the Tollways Management Corp. to deploy ambulant tellers to cater to the increased number of motorists.
Highway patrols were also doubled, bared Robin Ignacio, Asst. Manager for Traffic Management and Safety, and help desks put up in strategic locations.
Ignacio said a 10 to 15% increase in traffic volume is expected for the 4-day break from the 160,000 average number of vehicles that pass through the expressway daily.
Today marked the peak of vehicle outflow from Metro Manila to the provinces, while inflow to Metro Manila is expected to peak beginning Sunday afternoon up to Monday morning.
Motorists are advised to ensure the road worthiness of their vehicles, and to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them. The 60 to 100 kph speed limit should also be observed; violators will be apprehended.