MANILA—The northbound exit of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) Alabang toll plaza is temporarily closed to motorists after a transmission tower of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) collapsed Wednesday morning due to a fire incident in a nearby residential area.
In an advisory, the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) apologized to motorists for the inconvenience caused by the fire incident near the Alabang northbound exit which caused heavy traffic along SLEX.
“We continue to work to ease the traffic buildup caused by this incident and have deployed additional personnel and traffic enforcers on site,” according to SMC.
The company said it received reports of a fire incident which broke out at a residential area beside the toll plaza at around 8:50a.m. which damaged a nearby transmission tower causing it to collapse on one side. High-tension power cables fell on the Alabang viaduct main carriageway as a result of the incident.
The northbound and southbound Alabang viaducts were closed at around 9:10a.m. due to the imminent danger to motorists and to ensure public safety. This caused heavy traffic with its tailend reaching up to Mamplasan exit. Both lanes were reopened by 9:52 a.m.
The Muntinlupa Fire Department declared the incident Fire Out at around 10: 11a..m.
SMC would continue on updating the public on the status of its clearing operations.
The company operates the expressway through SMC Infrastructure, a subsidiary of San Miguel Holdings Corporation.