Fire disrupts MRT operations

OPERATIONS of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) were interrupted on Sunday, November 5, after smoke came out of one of the train’s coaches.

Department of Transportation Undersecretary Cesar Chavez said the incident happened around 10 a.m. while the train was traveling between the Araneta and Kamuning northbound stations.

He said passengers were instructed to immediately vacate the train and walk on the elevated tracks leading to the train stations.

Police Officer 1 Paul Jason Torres, one of the passengers of the MRT when the incident happened, said they saw a thick smoke coming out of one of the coaches which prompted him to alert the train operator who immediately stopped the train.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Chavez said the incident temporarily limited the MRT operations from Shaw Avenue until Taft Avenue Stations and vice versa but operations went back to normal at around 11:10 a.m. Sunday.

An investigation into the incident has been launched.

Based on the DOTR's service status report, MRT operations were halted 15 times from October 30 to November 4 due to different technical problems. (SunStar Philippines)
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