(Metro News) Pregnant woman among 5 people hurt in X’mas eve road mishap in QC

December 25, 2010 12:20 am 

MANILA, Dec. 24 – Five people, including a pregnant woman, were injured in a five-vehicle smash-up along Commonwealth Avenue in Barangay Tandang Sora, Quezon City before Friday noon, the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) reported.

The Christmas eve accident caused a huge traffic jam on the westbound lane of the wide avenue which reached up to Fairview, Novaliches. It took tow trucks more than two hours to get the damaged vehicles out of the main thoroughfare.

Traffic flow on Commonwealth Avenue normalized at about 2 p.m., the QCPD-Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) said.

QCPD-TEU traffic investigators identified three of the injured victims as Cecilia Biadoy, who is five months pregnant, her live-in partner known only as Boy, and their unidentified child.

The identities of the two other injured victims were not immediately available.

Initial investigation by QCPD-TEU said the Biadoy family members were on board a northbound taxicab which lost control, swerved onto the traffic island and crossed to the opposite lane, hitting a motorcycle, two private cars and another taxicab.

The motorcycle's two riders sustained serious injuries. They were rushed to the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) by two ambulances of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC)-Quezon City chapter.

The QCPD-TEU is still investigating the accident.

Last Tuesday, five people were injured in a three-vehicle smash-up also along Commonwealth Avenue.

Investigation showed a speeding Honda Jazz car rammed a public utility jeep (PUJ), causing the latter vehicle to hit a passenger bus.

Meanwhile, a Quezon City lawmaker is pushing "to make the whole stretch of Commonwealth Avenue an accident-free zone” for motorists.

Quezon City 2nd District Rep. Winston Castelo said this can be achieved through massive road safety campaigns and partnership with the private sector and non-government organizations (NGOs).

"We will be tapping manpower and resources of private sector and subdivision homeowners to make Commonwealth Avenue safe and accident-free by conducting massive road safety information campaign and installing appropriate signage," Castelo said.

Between three and five accidents occur on Commonwealth Avenue every day, according to QCPD-TEU head Chief Superintendent Arnold Santiago.

He said this month alone, 10 people had died from accidents along Commonwealth Avenue, including a retired judge of the Makati Regional Trial Court and his wife.

The avenue’s wide lanes and the tendency of public utility vehicle drivers to drive fast cause accidents, Santiago said. (PNA) scs/JCA


Comments are closed.