Empty LRT trains collide

Posted at 02/18/2011 11:14 AM | Updated as of 02/19/2011 9:49 AM

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - Two Light Rail Transit (LRT) trains collided near the Roosevelt Station in Quezon City on Friday morning.

Both trains had no passengers at the time, and no one was injured.

According to Hernando Cabrera, LRTA spokesperson, the incident happened at the reversing track, which is around a kilometer away from the Roosevelt Station.

Initial investigation showed that one of the trains was going in reverse, but before it could change tracks, it collided with the second train.

“No one was hurt as passengers had already alighted at Roosevelt station before the incident happened,” Cabrera said.

He said all the trains on tracks in Line 1 were immediately put on at 10:02 a.m..

LRT officials are investigating whether the incident was due to driver's error or technical malfunction.

They said it may take more than a week before the Roosevelt Station resumes operations.

LRT Line 1 operations are currently limited to the Monumento to Baclaran route.

The LRT Authority said around 25,000 passengers were affected during the service interruption and an equivalent loss of about P300,000 in lost revenue. -- with reports from Doland Castro, ABS-CBN News; dzMM; ANC