There was no political caravan last night but thousands of commuters and motorists were stranded for several hours along the National Highway in Gusa, Cagayan de Oro City after a trailer truck encountered a mechanical problem as it maneuvered to enter a hardware compound.
The truck which was carrying two containerized vans suddenly stalled and blocked three lanes of the highway. Specifically, this occurred a few meters from RAC Commercial near Pride Rock Business Park. Photo below shows the stalled traffic at galaxy Junction looking west.
It was rush hour and many were stranded on the busy highway.
Local traffic personnel had to rush to the area to direct traffic but since 3 lanes were blocked and the timing during rush hour made it more difficult.
Bystanders crowd the truck as mechanics started to troubleshoot the problem.
This is the truck which stalled. Note it was coming from the east and making a turn to its left when it stalled.
Mechanics rush in to fix the problem.
Many commuters had to alight from jeepneys and were forced to walk.
Motorists had to utilize this only available lane at the time.
A couple of ambulances were affected by the traffic. Hopefully there was nobody on board which need immediate medical attention.
Because of the traffic, many were suggesting it was really time to have another highway parallel to the existing one. The highway was finally cleared past midnight.