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Landslide shuts down Marcos Highway

Aldwin Quitasol



Upland woes Tuba municipal police guide motorists through the passable lane of Marcos Highway amid clearing operations following a landslide.

BAGUIO CITY — Marcos Highway, one of the main access roads leading up to Baguio City, was temporarily closed when a landslide hit a portion of the road in Barangay Poblacion, Tuba, Benguet, which also resulted to two injuries last 25 September.

According to the Tuba Municipal Police Station, victims Angelli Jen Federico Bagote, 17, and Dominador Molina Gallema, 34, sustained head injuries when the jeep they were riding hit a collapsed electric post that was felled by the rock slide.

Marcos Highway was closed to all types of vehicles as it was obstructed by the fallen soil boulders and the electric post, which personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Cordillera together with the Benguet Electric Cooperative swept with clearing operations making the highway passable by Wednesday evening.

However, the rock slide caused the traffic leading to Baguio to slow down because of only one passable lane in Marcos Highway while Kennon Road remains closed to rehabilitation.

The DPWH recommended motorists going to and from Baguio to pass through either Naguilian Road or Quirino Highway, which are longer routes.

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