3 hurt, 8 vehicles damaged as 8 posts crash in Binondo

Photo from Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau/MANILA BULLETIN

Three individuals were reportedly injured after five electric posts and three telco poles fell in Binondo, Manila on Thursday afternoon, August 3.

According to the police report, the incident occurred at around 1 p.m. at the corner of Quintin Paredes and Ongpin Streets.

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Photo Courtesy of the Manila Police District (MPD)/ MANILA BULLETIN

The Manila Police District (MPD) identified the victims as Joffer Dolatre, 32, a resident of Binondo; John Michael Tigoy, 21, of Caloocan City; and Beverly Balledo, 25, of Navotas City.

They sustained minor injuries and were given first aid.

Based on the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage, the bottom part of one of the posts suddenly broke causing it to fall, while the other posts were pulled down due to the wires connected to them.

Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) immediately responded to the area to secure the residents.

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Photo Courtesy of the Manila Police District (MPD)/ MANILA BULLETIN

The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) also dispatched some personnel and linemen to turn off the electricity from the posts.

The Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) temporarily closed the roads near the incident for the clearing operation.

It advised motorists to take alternate routes.

The fallen posts damaged five cars, two motorcycles, an e-bike, and a bicycle parked in the area.

**Meralco Engr. Ariel Lucas said the line team had cleared the roads at 6 p.m.

The line team managed to restore on Friday morning, August 4, the power supply of the 15 affected residents.**

The roads in Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz were reopened at 7:20 p.m.


The authorities are still investigating the cause of the incident.