MRT 3 accident hurts 10 passengers


AT least 10 passengers were injured in an accident involving several coaches of Metro Rail Transit (MRT 3) on Wednesday.

Senior Superintendent Manuel Lucban, Makati Police chief said the passengers were hurt when three northbound trains from MRT Taft Avenue, Magallanes and Ayala Stations made a sudden stop.

Four of the passengers were immediately brought to Makati Medical Center for treatment.

The Makati City government and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) quickly dispatched rescue teams.

Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said a technical problem triggered the train system’s emergency brake.

An estimated 560,000 passengers ride the MRT 3 train each day, way beyond its original capacity of 350,000.

On Saturday, a computer glitch limited its operations from North Avenue station in Quezon City to Shaw Boulevard station in Mandaluyong City for a day.

MRT3 General Manager Al Vitangcol said the computer system, which is responsible for feeding data to the signaling system, malfunctioned at Taft station.

The same problem recurred on Monday.


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