The Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) is the only train line that serves EDSA, one of the busiest highways in the city. It has stations from the Quezon City (North Avenue Station) down to Pasay City (Taft Avenue Station).
Recently, it has once again encountered a problem when passengers were forced to walk from Ayala Station to Buendia Station in the morning of Nov. 16, 2017. According to ABS-CBN News, the incident was caused by one of the MRT-3 coaches detaching itself from another coach.
One of the passengers, Ivan Caballero Villegas shared a photo of the incident on social media, where it has immediately garnered several thousand reactions and comments from netizens.
The source quoted his caption, which reads: “Eksena sa MRT. Umaandar, sabay biglang bitaw ng huling MRT Bus.”
Cesar Chavez, who is the Department of Transportation Undersecretary for Railways, confirmed that the incident happened. Fortunately, no one was injured or harmed.
The passengers were told to alight from the coaches and walk from Ayala Station to reach Buendia Station. Chavez said, “Around 130 to 140 passengers were evacuated by the combined security guards from Buendia and Ayala Station.”
His statement indicated that the MRT-3 train was going northbound at the time.
He added, “Passengers were evacuated from the detached train going to Ayala Stn platform in about 8 to 10 minutes.”
Chavez also mentioned that the operations of MRT-3 resumed normally at 9:30 a.m. In a press conference, an MRT-3 official said that they are investigating the matter.
The driver-on-shift, Reynaldo Año, narrated, “Nagkaroon po ng communication error car number 3…Tinawag ko po sa control na may communication error… Pagdating ko po sa Buendia nakita ko na lang po 2 car na lang ako.”
Meanwhile, Michael Capati, the Director for MRT-3 Operations, explained that it wasn’t an electrical problem. He stated that they are investigating whether it was a mechanical error or an incident of “human intervention.”
Here are some of the netizens’ comments about the incident:
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