SCORES of passengers were hurt when a defective Metro Rail Transit (MRT) train overshot the station at Taft Avenue and crashed into a street barrier.
Several passengers were trapped when the train lost power between the Magallanes and Taft stations because of a technical problem. Because it had lost power, the train had to be pushed by another train into the Taft station.
The incident triggered a stampede in the crowded train station.
Aside from MRT passengers, pedestrians were also injured when they were hit by flying debris.
Red Cross personnel who attended to the injured passengers said several persons had to be taken to the San Juan de Dios Hospital and Pasay City General Hospital.
Because of the incident, train operations were halted.
“We are currently undergoing necessary intervention for the technical problem encountered. We apologize for the inconvenience,” the MRT management said on Twitter.
In an interview over dzBB, MRT spokesperson Hernando Cabrera said the defective train stopped between the Magallanes and Taft stations.
“Ang naging problema po natin, nakalas po iyong cable na nakakabit dun sa tren,” Cabrera explained. However, he said the uncontrolled train continued to move until it hit the barrier at Taft.
An initial investigation showed that MRT personnel managed to get the passengers off the train just before the crash.
However, the train suddenly went out of control as it was being maneuvered into the depot. It crossed the safety line and crashed.
Reports said at least nine people were taken to the San Juan de Dios Hospital.
Some passengers of the defective MRT train said they saw a spark while the train was passing the Magallanes station in Makati City. RUFFIE NYHL CRUZ