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SONA 2018: Heavy traffic continues along Commonwealth Avenue

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 23 July 2018 10:52 AM

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — As of 10:00 a.m., heavy traffic continues along the northbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

Two southbound lanes are designated to motorists heading to Fairview.

Even though rallyists are yet to arrive in Batasan Hills, traffic congestion continues along Commonwealth Avenue.

This is because by only two lanes are passable for motorists on the northbound lane of Commonwealth heading towards Fairview area.

Heavy traffic is beginning to build up after Tandang Sora, while motorists can experience light traffic on the southbound lane.

Due to this, two lanes in Commonwealth southbound were opened to traffic for the motorists stuck in the other lane.

Heavy traffic is expected by the time rallyists arrive at Batasan Hills at noon.

Motorists are advised to take alternative routes to avoid traffic jams along Commonwealth Avenue. — Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue

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Heavy traffic looms ahead of closure of Tandang Sora flyover

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, 15 February 2019 12:19 PM

Traffic at Tandang Sora flyover

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The EEI Corporation is set to demolish Tandang Sora flyover along Commonwealth Avenue to give way to the construction of the MRT Line 7.

On Thursday (February 14), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that starting February 23 at 11:00 p.m., Tandang Sora flyover will be fully closed to motorists.

Aside from the flyover, the Tandang Sora and Commonwealth Avenue intersections will also be closed to traffic as construction works progress.

Meanwhile, the MMDa will put up a U-turn slot in front of Microtel and Home Depot along Commonwealth Avenue to assist motorists.

The agency is suggesting the construction of a temporary elevated U-turn slot, but the contractor, EEI Corporation, said it will discuss first the possible cost of the project.

Based on MMDA data, about 3,000 cars ply the Tandang Sora flyover every day.

Motorists are advised to expect heavy traffic on the duration of the project.

The contractor, meanwhile, is appealing for patience and understanding from the public as the construction will take up to two years to finish. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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10 injured in 3-vehicle crash on Commonwealth Ave

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 27 August 2018 01:29 PM

 Rescuers carefully extract an injured victim out of the car.

 

A pregnant car passenger was rushed to the hospital while nine UV express van commuters were wounded when the vehicles they were in collided with a bus on Commonwealth Avenue Monday at dawn.

Rescuers promptly administered first aid to the victims before bringing them to the hospital.

UV express driver Rolando Seduro said he was driving at moderate speed when the car and the bus hit him.

“Sa harapan bandang kaliwa pagbangga niya umikot ang sasakyan ko umikot hanggang sa parating naman yung bus, tinamaan ng bus ang tagiliran ko kaya humampas kami dito (My vehicle was spinning from the car’s impact, just as the bus was approaching. It hit the side of my van and threw us off),” he said.

The intensity of the impact propelled the UV express onto the sidewalk where it hit the wall of a construction site.

On the hand, Chito Fortu, the car’s driver, claimed that the UV express and the bus were speeding moments before the accident.

“May humarurot po na isang UV; nag-overtake sa akin. Pinagbigyan ko, nagpreno ako ngayon nabangga po ako ng bus, tapos umikot po ako. Yung bus po nabangga niya ko sa likod, tapos yung UV na nabangga ko, nabangga din ng bus (The UV was speeding and was trying to overtake me. I stepped on the brakes to give way but the bus hit me from behind and spun the car around until I collided with the van which also got hit by the bus),” Fortu recounted.

Meanwhile, bus driver, Marjun Caubat, said it was the car that hit the UV express first which led him to hit the van as well.

“Pero yung kotse na sinasabi na binunggo ko siya malabo mangyari yun nasa kabilang side siya eh…dapat siya napuruhan ko kung siya nauna kong nabunggo (The car driver’s claim that I hit his car doesn’t make sense— he was on the other side. His car should’ve been totally wrecked if I indeed struck him first)  ,” Caubat said.

Quezon City Traffic Sector 5 is conducting further investigation into the incident. — Reynante Ponte

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Woman killed instantly in hit-and-run on Commonwealth Ave

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, 10 August 2018 11:42 AM

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The tattered remains of a hit-and-run victim were found along Commonwealth Avenue on Friday (August 10) at 12:00 a.m.

The victim was identified as 27-year-old Harlee Kaye Catbagan.

The victim’s friends who were with her when the incident happened said she was heading home from a party when Catbagan suddenly darted into the middle of the highway just as a vehicle was approaching.

“Tatawid po kami galing kami sa kabila at isasakay lang po sana namin. Problema po, pagtawid po dito, tumatakbo na po siya papunta dito na hindi namin alam ang problema,” said Eugene Paul Pusa, friend of the victim.

The victim’s companions speculated that Catbagan may have been intoxicated which would explain her sudden behavior.

“Siguro po sobrang lasing po,” said Cedrick Hernandez,one of the victim’s companions.

The fatal crash happened so fast no one could identify the vehicle that hit Catbagan.

According to Quezon City Traffic Sector, it could have been a truck or a bus that ran her over.

Catbagan’s friends were taken to the traffic sector-5 for investigation while the body of the victim was brought to a funeral home.

Authorities are looking for the CCTV footage of the incident to determine the culprit of the hit-and run. — Reynante Ponte

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