Lightning strikes LRT-2; Santolan-Katipunan service disrupted




MANILA, Philippines – The Santolan and Katipunan stations of the Light Rail Transit Line 2 were closed late Monday morning after lightning damaged part of the railway’s systems responsible for transferring power to the trains.

At around 11:10 a.m., lightning hit the catenary cables at the Santolan station’s reversing track, preventing the reversion of the trains from the eastbound side to the westbound side of the railway.

“The LRT2 catenary line at Santolan area was hit by lightning,” LRT Authority spokesperson Cabrera said. He said the Santolan station is located in a lightning-prone area.

No one was hurt in the incident.

As of 1 p.m. Monday, authorities were still fixing a cable that was hit by lightning.

Ming Singh, public relations officer of the LRT2, said the cable allows electricity to travel from one station to the other and allows the trains to move.

Singh said it may take time before the cable is repaired.

Meanwhile, operations from Anonas Station in Quezon City to Recto Station in Manila and back have not been disrupted.

Originally posted at 01:24 pm | Monday, August 13, 2012

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  • john_constantine

     “The possibilities of lightning striking the area again, Cabrera said, was also hampering the repair of the train.”    

    Whatever happened to :  Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice  ?

    • Zamboangueno

       It will hit the same place more than twice, lakas kasi manguraot chief nila e :)
      well… ask the advertising companies who deal with them LOL.

  • speedstream2

    Lightning can and will strike the same place twice, according to experts. That said, prudence dictates that it’s better to be on the safe side rather than sorry.

  • Anthony

    “Tinamaan kayo ng kidlat!” sabi nga ng lola ko. Minamalas yata tayo. Maybe its time to put the utility cables of vital infrastructure underground enclosed in water proof pipes so the MRT services are not interrupted when they are most needed. Similarly electrical wires and telephone cables will likewise remain functional if they are underground enclosed in waterproof pipes. Hmmm. Singapore model perhaps?

  • RyanE

    Are there no lightning arresters and protection system along LRT lines?

  • MickEye

    “lightning prone area” parang “accident prone area” hehehe..

  • MickEye

    “santolan station is in a lighning prone area” – any scientific basis for saying that? Isnt it correct that lightning strikes are random, therefore there is no such thing as a “lightning prone area”??

  • Ajoeroooo

    If thats a lightning prone area, jan dapat itayo ang bagong House of Representatives and Senate

    • Lucky Luciano

       Pwede, And the the new slogan or motto nila is “Tamaan ng kidlat ang nagsisinungaling”

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