34 hurt in LRT train collision; probe on

Two LRT-2 trains collided between the Cubao and Anonas stations around 9:51 p.m. on Saturday, injuring 34 people.

Media reports said a train full of passengers bound for Santolan hit a train parked on the tracks.

The system’s operation resumed only on Sunday morning after it was suspended following the collision 

“LRT-2 resumed its operations with train insertion at 10:47 a.m. today, Transport Assistant Secretary for Communications Goddes Hope Libiran told reporters on Sunday.

The railway system restored its full operations around 12:13 p.m.

In the House, Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy demanded a full disclosure of the incident.

“Full disclosure should include public release of the relevant unedited CCTV videos and incident reports of the LRT Line 2,” said Herrera-Dy, a member of the House committee on transportation.

“We want to know which redundancies and safety measures failed and how much of a factor was human error in the collision incident that caused injury to 32 people, including LRT-2 personnel.”

The Transport department and the Light Rail Transit Authority said they will shoulder the medical expenses of the people who were injured in the accident and provide them assistance.

The LRTA created a fact-finding committee to investigate the cause of the collision and to make recommendations to prevent it from happening again.  

“DOTr Secretary [Arthur] Tugade assures everyone that we will get to the bottom of this. If it is found that there were lapses or negligence, we will make sure that appropriate charges will be filed, Libiran said.

Topics: LRT-2 , Cubao , Anonas , Bernadette Herrera-Dy , Light Rail Transit Authority , Goddes Hope Libiran
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