Brake failure not likely in Batasan truck accident: truckers' group

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Posted at Oct 29 2017 10:13 AM | Updated as of Oct 29 2017 12:41 PM

MANILA - It is unlikely that the brakes failed on the truck which killed 5 people in Quezon City last Thursday, an official of a truckers' group said Sunday.

Alberto Suansing, director of the Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines told radio DZMM that the pneumatic brake system on trailer trucks is different from hydraulic systems found on most vehicles.

Suansing said that with a pneumatic brake system, a driver only needs to flip a switch to activate the emergency brakes.

"Nataranta yung driver. Hindi nya nakalabit yung switch na mag-a-activate ng emergency brakes," Suansing said.

(The driver panicked. He forgot to switch on the emergency brakes.)

He added that the accident could have been avoided if the driver was better trained.

"Unfortunately, mahirap ma-determine yung skills ng nagmamaneho... Sa LTO (Land Transportation Office) hindi gaanong nasusukat yun," Suansing added.

(Unfortunately, it's hard to determine the skills of a driver. At LTO, it is not assessed very well.)

At least 5 people were killed when a 22-wheeler truck carrying steel bars plowed into a tow truck, 2 cars, 1 jeepney and 1 motorcycle on San Mateo Road, Barangay Batasan Hills, Quezon City last Thursday.

The accident also caused heavy traffic for several hours in the area.