Abaya: MRT operations normal

Posted at 08/13/14 10:47 PM

MANILA - The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) is working normally despite a train derailment in Pasay City on Wednesday afternoon that left more than 30 injured, Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya said.

Abaya, in an interview on TV Patrol, said the deployment of MRT trains remains normal and the mass railway transit service is fully operational.

The MRT, in an advisory on Twitter, said trains are running for southbound and northbound trips but passengers should expect delays approaching Taft Avenue station, where the accident occurred.

A MRT train overshot its track at the intersection of Taft Avenue and EDSA after uncoupling with another train that was pushing it forward.

Police Senior Supt. Florencio Ortilla said many people were injured because the train coach was packed and the incident happened during the rush hour.

"The injured were already brought to the San Juan de Dios Hospital and Pasay General Hospital," he said.

He said the train hit the barrier of the MRT station. It will be impossible to remove the coach quickly because its totally derailed, investigators said.

The incident also caused heavy traffic in the area.

Ortilla asked commuters and motorists to avoid the EDSA-Pasay and Taft Avenue-Roxas areas.