Major traffic jam as SLEX closes Alabang viaduct due to fire

Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 19 2017 05:06 PM

Fire hits a residential area in Alabang, Muntinlupa causing a transmission line to collapse. Photo courtesy: Gilbert Dolot of the Bureau of Fire Protection in Munitinlupa

MANILA - The South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) management apologized for the heavy traffic near the Alabang northbound exit on Wednesday, after a nearby residential area caught fire.

SLEX had to close northbound and southbound Alabang viaduct to traffic for almost an hour because a transmission line collapsed while the fire was ongoing, the management said in a statement.

"Because of the imminent danger this situation posed to motorists, we closed both the northbound and southbound Alabang viaduct at around 9:10 AM to ensure the public’s safety," said SLEX.

Annoyed motorists and commuters took to social media to express their rants about the heavy traffic on SLEX.

 

"We apologize to our motorists for the inconvenience caused by a residential fire near the Alabang northbound exit of the South Luzon Expressway," said SLEX.

The Bureau of Fire Protection in Muntinlupa said 50 households on Kilometer 25, Napocor Road were affected by the fire. No casualties were reported.

The transmission line that collapsed belongs to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). The NGCP said it was their Binan-Muntinlupa 230kV line.

The NGCP said the collapse of the power line did not cause interruptions because of their line redundancy system.