The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is debating whether or not they should temporarily shut down the operations of the MRT-3 following the string of unfortunate incidents that have hounded the dilapidated train system.
DOTr Undersecretary Cesar Chavez said their officials, including Secretary Arthur Tugade, were already seriously considering the drastic idea amid the Metro’s ongoing traffic woes, GMA News reports.
Apart from the recent incidents, technical glitches have been a daily occurrence for the MRT. Its shut down would also mean that at least 500,000 commuters, who rely on the overburdened mode of transport, would have to find different options to get around the city.
Needless to say, it’s come to a point where our government officials are being made to choose between convenience or public safety.
Below are some of the recent and unforgettable mishaps that have made the public question whether taking the MRT is still a safe option.
MRT coach gets left behind
Just yesterday, an MRT coach got detached from a train that was running the northbound route from the Ayala Station.
Over 100 passengers were evacuated and forced to walk on the rails to the nearest station.
Woman loses arm at Ayala station
Tragedy struck the MRT Ayala station earlier this week when a female passenger’s arm got severed after she fell on the tracks while a train was leaving.
The victim, who was identified as 24-year-old Angeline Fernando, was rushed to Makati Medical Center for treatment. Fernando apparently got dizzy which led her to fall off the platform. It’s a good thing that the doctors were still able to reattach her arm.
MRT gets struck by lightning
Lightning struck the MRT during a heavy Sunday downpour in July 2016, which caused the suspension of the busy train system’s operations. Fortunately for the passengers, it was actually the catenary cable on top of the train that got hit.
Train catches fire
Back in 2012, a train at the northbound route of the Kamuning station caught fire four times which caused the passengers to panic. Two people were hurt while the management attributed the incident to technical failure.
MRT gets derailed
Who could forget that time when photos of the MRT overshooting the Taft station in Pasay went viral online? At least 38 passengers were injured in the 2014 incident that seemed like something straight out of a Final Destination flick.