DPWH worker killed on bridge approach

AN EMPLOYEE of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DWPH) died while three of his co-workers suffered injuries after a dump truck lost its brakes while on its way down the Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge going to Barangay Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City last night.

Ricky Booc, 40, was at the foot of the Marcelo Fernan Bridge’s Lapu-Lapu side, patching the road with nine other workers, when the accident happened past 8 p.m.

The privately owned truck ran over Booc, who lost his left leg.

Booc, a resident of Barangay Pusok, no longer responded when a team from the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation tried to revive him.

The other DPWH employees who were injured were Joselito Cruz, 36; Rubencio Tugap, 47, from Barangay Buaya, Lapu-Lapu; and Marlo Catanisan, 47, from Bogo City.

Before the DPWH employees started working, they placed barricades and traffic cones at the foot of the bridge.

One of the employees was on the bridge, supervising the traffic and informing drivers about the road patching at the foot of the structure.

In an interview, Wilfredo Militar, 38, a laborer of DPWH, said that a truck rushed toward them. He later noticed that it carried sand.

Militar said that one of their co-workers shouted to warn the others about the truck (AGA-6655) before it rammed a DPWH multicab and a DPWH truck, which carried asphalt.

The impact pushed the private truck and the DPWH truck toward the center island, and both crossed to the other lane.

Both trucks hit some of the establishments along the road.

As of 10:30 p.m., the driver of the truck, who was also injured, was still unidentified.

The injured employees and the driver were brought to a hospital.

Traffic built up within the area, particularly vehicles coming from Mandaue City to Lapu-Lapu.
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