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LRT resumes operations

30,000 stranded as debris hit train tracks

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 08:14:00 05/28/2009

Filed Under: Railway Accidents, Transport, Accidents (general)

MANILA, Philippines?(UPDATE 3) Operations of the Light Rail Transit 1 have resumed more than an hour after they stopped when steel debris from a nearby construction site fell on the tracks, the LRT administration said.

A total of 36,250 passengers were stranded when this happened during rush hour Thursday, costing the LRT Administration P518,375 in revenue losses.

LRTA spokesperson Maria Kristina Cassion said operations of both tracks from Pedro Gil to Quirino station resumed at 9:45 a.m. after train officials cleared the debris from the tracks.

Cassion said huge debris from the nearby Victoria de Manila Condominium construction site fell on the tracks of Line 1?s Pedro Gil station at past 7 a.m., prompting train officials to stop operations at 8:20 a.m.

For more than an hour, only routes from Central Terminal to Monumento were open as safety engineers determined the possible damage of the debris to the train?s power lines, she said.

?Debris hit the catenary (power lines) which sagged,? Cassion said in Filipino.

The LRTA is studying the possibility of filing charges against the owners of the building being constructed because of the incident, she said.

?The LRTA is studying the possibility of going after the owner of the building. The construction site is not safe and it has caused a lot of damage to our operations,? Cassion added.



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