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Woman jumps into LRT tracks, survives

By Jeannette Andrade
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 11:56:00 03/26/2009

Filed Under: Suicide

MANILA, Philippines--A 41-year-old woman came out with only abrasions when she reportedly jumped from the platform of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) into the path of an approaching train early Thursday in Manila.

Teresita Tagle, 41, of Cabangis Street in Tondo, was brought home by relieved security officers of the LRT Administration who were stunned by the incident although operations of the LRT line 1 Baclaran-bound lane was stalled for some 12 minutes by the incident.

LRTA spokesperson Tina Cacion told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that Tagle, a jobless woman, seemed depressed at the time of the incident and a succeeding interview with her showed that she might be mentally unstable.

Tagle jumped from the platform to the rails at around 9:30 a.m., just as the lead car of the Baclaran-bound train approached the Tayuman station, the spokesperson said.

Cacion pointed out that some two meters of train passed over Tagle, who fell slumped on the middle portion of the rails. Fortunately, the wheels avoided running over her.

Security officers extricated Tagle from between the first and second cars of the LRT-1 train.

After she was given medical treatment for bruises and abrasions at the Baclaran Central Station, Tagle claimed that she was just buying rice and found herself at the Tayuman LRT station.

?For humanitarian reasons, the LRTA has decided not to press charges and to simply bring her home and turn her over to [village] officials in Tondo,? Cacion said.

The LRTA fines any person who goes down the train rails P50,000. But in this case, Cacion pointed out, Tagle would be spared the fine because of her mental condition.



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