Victory Liner cancels trips to north

Posted at 10/10/09 10:30 PM

Bued Bridge in Pangasinan destroyed

MANILA - An important bridge that connects Manila to Pangasinan and other northern Luzon provinces collapsed due to the floods caused by tropical storm Pepeng.

The Bued Bridge in Pangasinan, part of the national highway that links Pangasinan to La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, is no longer passable to vehicles after it collapsed due to the strong current of the Bued river, according to a report filed by ABS-CBN's Ces Drilon.

Pangasinan Rep. Mark Cojuangco stressed the need to repair the bridge as soon as possible.

Parts of the national highway in the town of Binalonan, Pangasinan were also damaged by the strong currents. Portions of the highway have become one-way.

Meanwhile, bus trips by Victory Liner to Baguio and Pangasinan have been cancelled as regular routes to these provinces remain closed due to floods and landslides.

Victory Liner's trips to Dagupan, Baguio and Cagayan from all its terminals were suspended on Saturday.

Passengers bound for San Jose, Nueva Ecija, however, may still proceed with their travel plans.

Passengers affected by the cancelled bus trips must call to inquire about alternative travel arrangements. Victory Liner's phone numbers in its bus stations are: Kamias: 921-3296; Pasay: 833-5019 to 20; Sampaloc: 741-1436.

On Saturday, the Pangasinan Traffic Operations Center said McArthur Highway is passable to all types of vehicles, but only up to the town of Sison in Pangasinan.

Going to La Union, vehicles should turn left from Binalonan, going to Manaoag, San Jacinto, Mangaldan and San Fabian exiting in Damortis Rosario in La Union.

Roads going through Camiling, San Clemente and Mangatarem in Tarlac until Pangasinan are also open but to heavy vehicles only. -- with a report from ANC