Derailed MRT train removed from crash site

Posted at 08/15/14 9:32 AM

MANILA – The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) train that overshot its track on Wednesday was finally removed early Friday.

Traffic moved at a snail's pace at the EDSA-Pasay southbound lane, Thursday afternoon as the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) worked to remove the derailed MRT train from the crash site.

Two southbound lanes on EDSA-Taft were closed to make way for the operation.

Some commuters understood the situation, but many got angry over the delays.

The train was removed past 1 a.m. on Friday.

Several parts of the wrecked coach was secured to a crane and then lifted and transported to a flatbed truck.

It was brought to the MRT's depot in North EDSA.

The entire process took about 30 minutes.

The back portion of the train suffered less damage. It was hauled by a special utility truck and brought to the depot for repairs.

For now, 23 trains are still working at full capacity, with each train carrying about 1,182 passengers per hour. - ANC