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Couple on motorbike killed after getting snagged by wire from fallen post in QC

/ 02:48 PM September 17, 2017

A couple on a motorcycle were killed after getting snagged by a wire from an electric post that fell on a car on Congressional Avenue Extension in Quezon City on Sunday.

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According to investigators, the dump truck driver, Raly Brent Reyes, 40, forgot to put down the back of his vehicle. At around 11:45 a.m., as he was heading towards Visayas Avenue, the raised back of the truck snagged the wires of an electric post near Mira Nila Homes, sending the post crashing on a Toyota Vios and one of its wires getting in the way of the couple on a Yamaha motorcycle.

PO1 Peter Barasi of Traffic Sector 6 said the couple – identified as Christian Calleja and Jennly Reyes – were rushed to the Quezon City General Hospital/

They were pronounced dead on arrival, according to Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, chief of the Quezon City Police District.

The driver of the car, identified as Eduardo Valenzuela, was slightly injured, while his companion was unharmed.

“Sumabit [‘yung truck] tapos si sir [motorcycle rider] nakasunod sa truck tapos habang nakasunod sila biglang nasabit ng truck yung kable, yung isang kable sumabit naman sa motor, dun sa driver ng motor. Tumilapon sila dito sa may side, hindi nakontrol, tumama si ma’am sa poste tapos si sir tumilapon sa side,” Barasi said.

READ: Electric post falls on car; wire drags motorcycle riders in QC

Meanwhile, a witness named Grace Corpuz said she had repeatedly warned the truck driver that the back of his truck was not in place.

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“Huminto po sila [truck driver] sa akin, bumili ng buko,” Corpuz said. “Ngayon tinaas nila ‘yung truck nila. Naglagay sila ng tubig. Pagkatapos umakyat sa truck, ininom yung buko. Tapos bumalik sa truck. Sinabi ko: ‘Kuya, nakataas yung truck niyo.’ Tatlong beses ko inulit. Hindi nila ko pinakinggan.”

Despite her warning, the truck driver continued to speed off until it dragged two electrical wires, causing the post to fall.

“Sinabi ko: ‘Sige, masasabit kayo niyan.’ Hnggang sa tinanaw ko sila, Tapos sumabit na nga,” Corpuz said. “Nung nasabit siya, pumutok ’yun – lumiyab. Umandar pa rin sila. Tapos sumabit uli sa pangalawag wire. Pagtingin ko may nakita na kong dalawang taong naka-motor.”

“Nakita ko ‘yung sasakyan. Nagsisigaw ako. ‘Yung wire ang sumabit sa leeg ng lalaki,” another witness added.

PO3 Andy Sotto of Quezon City Traffic Sector 6 said they would file a complaint of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide and damage to property against the truck driver, whom the police had taken into custody.

Authorities said the Congressional Avenue Extension was still closed as of 2:30 p.m. and heavy traffic could be expected in the area.  With reports from Noy Morcoso /je /atm

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