MRT-3 train derailed, injuries confirmed

MRT-3 train derailed - Philstar
MRT-3 train derailed (Photo courtesy of Philstar)

An MRT-3 train derailed at the Taft Avenue station in Pasay City on Wednesday afternoon, August 13, leaving dozens hurt, investigators said.

MRT-3 train derailed - Philstar
MRT-3 train derailed (Photo courtesy of Philstar)

Part of passenger cars and the locomotive jumped the tracks at the Taft Avenue station, the last station of the Metropolitan Rapid Transit, reports said. Injured passengers were brought to the Pasay City General Hospital and the San Juan de Dios Hospital.

The derailment also caused a post to fall over a car, which resulted to heavy traffic in the area.

A passenger told Rappler that as the train approached Taft station, the door opened and passengers started to panic.

The passenger told dzBB the problems began in the Magallanes station, when the train air-conditioning went off. “May nag-start so nag-panic kami. Umandar [yung train] pero walang aircon,” the passengers said. (We started panicking. The train was still working but there was no air-conditioning.)

The incident quickly sparked chatter on Twitter and Facebook and drew a crowd of onlookers to the scene.

Other passengers were still on the train as of 4:34 p.m.

Police authorities and other government agencies are investigating the accident. Social media users said Wednesday that the derailments are a sign that investigators should examine track conditions throughout the Metropolitan Rapid Transit.