Case filed vs man hit by train
MANILA, Philippines–He may have escaped unscathed after his pickup truck collided with a train in Manila on Friday morning but the same cannot be said of Jerome Brieva who faces charges over the incident.
The 36-year-old project coordinator of a construction firm was charged with reckless imprudence resulting in damage to property, said SPO4 Sergio Macaraig, the Manila District Traffic Enforcement Unit investigator in charge of the case.
Brieva, who was driving a gray Nissan Navarra (TOQ 389) on the southbound lane of Jose Abad Santos Avenue in Daang Bakal, Tondo, had earlier stopped before Antipolo Street to let a westbound train pass.
But as he crossed the street when the train had gone, he was hit by an eastbound train.
“He was trapped in the middle of the railroad tracks,” Macaraig said in a phone interview. “Traffic was bad at that time so he couldn’t maneuver out of the train’s way.”
Macaraig noted Brieva had driven onto the train tracks despite the fact that the warning signs were still active. The boom gate in the area, meant to keep vehicles out of the tracks when a train passes, had gone up after the first train went by.
When the second train hit him, it dragged his pickup for several meters before it was able to come to a stop.
His vehicle was a total wreck, its left side crumpled, and at least one of the car’s tires had fallen off. Brieva was unhurt.
Macaraig said the charges filed against Brieva would mean a fine of P2,000. There is no jail term for the offense.
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