Errant dump truck pulls electric post, crushing car and killing 2 motorbike riders in QC

September 17, 2017 - 9:39 PM
An electric post, pulled by the force of an errant dump truck that hit its cables, falls on a car on Congressional Extension. Fallen Meralco wires from the other lane snagged a motorcycle rider and his passenger, killing them. The sedan driver sustained slight injuries. (Photo by Michael Varcas, Phil. Star)

MANILA, Philippines – A freak accident that began with an errant dump truck hitting electric cables killed two motorcycle riders on Congressional Extension in Barangay Pasong Tamo in Quezon City Sunday noon (September 17).

An electric post fell after a 16-wheeler dump truck, its back raised, hit Meralco cables from the other lane, dragging the post, which in turn fell on a Vios car.

The wires from the fallen post entangled a motorcycle rider and his passenger.

The motorcycle rider, Christian Calleja 30, and his passenger Jen Lee, 22, died.

Initial police reports said truck driver Raly Reyes failed to put down the back of his dump truck and, just before noon as he was bound for Visayas Avenue, the raised back of the truck hit the cables of an electric post, which subsequently fell on a Toyota Vios.

One wire snagged Calleja and Lee as their Yamaha motorcycle passed.

Police said the motorcycle riders were dead on arrival at the Quezon City General Hospital.

The Vios driver, Eduardo Valenzuela, sustained slight injuries.