MRT 3 train coach ran with door open – report

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Problems of Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3) continue to add up as the Department of Transportation and Communications begins investigating reports on one of its coaches running with its door open on Tuesday night.

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Light Rail Transit Authority and MRT 3 spokesman Hernando Cabrera on Wednesday said they are looking into possible violation of safety protocols or a non-working door sensor.

A report from GMA News said that based on a video sent to them, the coach was moving with its door still open.

The train stopped between Guadalupe and Boni stations for 20 to 30 minutes, with the operator saying a door was not fully closed.

The operator then restarted the engine, opened doors of the train and allegedly drove like nothing happened.

Cabrera said the operator may have failed to follow the safety protocol of not going forward if the door is still open.

But he added that they will look into whether the door sensor, which prevents the train from moving if the door is still open, may have been damaged.

Meanwhile, Cabrera urged the public to refrain from blocking the train doors when they are being closed.

He, however, said he was not blaming commuters for possibly damaging the sensor.

Last month, another MRT 3 coach overshot a safety barrier at the Taft Avenue station, injuring nearly 40 people.

A signaling system glitch last August 23 forced the train system to suspend operations.

On Monday, trips were again disrupted due to a signaling system problem.

The MRT 3 line links North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City via Epifanio delos Santos Avenue.

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