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Toy balloon disrupts train operations of MRT-3

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 05:19 PM June 26, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Train operations of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) had been disrupted by a kiddie balloon shaped like a shark that got entangled with the overhead power lines on Wednesday afternoon.

Toy balloon disrupts train operations of MRT-3

Photo courtesy of MRT-3 management

The MRT-3 management said the balloon’s string somehow got entwined with the train system’s northbound contact wire and messenger wire while the “shark” itself was “snared” in between those two cables.

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Photo courtesy of MRT-3 management

The incident happened at 3:46 p.m. between Kamuning and Quezon Avenue stations.

Train operations from both directions were halted for 35 minutes until the balloon was safely removed from the wires at 4:21 p.m.

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The management reminded the public not to throw garbage near the stations so as “not to compromise the safety [of people] and disrupt train operations.”

“We apologize for the inconvenience the brief stoppage may have caused,” the MRT-3 management said in a statement. (Editor: Jonathan P. Vicente)

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