Breaking: MRT-3 train gets derailed at Taft Ave. Station
Numerous reports are coming in that an MRT train overshot its intended stop at the Taft Avenue Station, the last station of the Southbound trains, which happened around 4:00PM today.
The number of injured passengers, if there are any, has not been confirmed yet as of the time of writing, though various News stations on the radio have cited that at least seven (7) were injured during the incident.
Some members of the Facebook group called MRT: Mga kuwento ng Realidad sa loob ng Tren have already posted a few pictures of the wreckage on their page (including the photo you see above).
DOTC-MRT3 has already issued an official advisory regarding the incident:
Advisory: We are currently undergoing necessary intervention for the technical problem encountered. We apologize for the inconvenience TY.
— dotcmrt-3 (@dotcmrt_3) August 13, 2014
MMDA also advised motorists to “expect heavy traffic” because of the incident.
ADVISORY: Derailed MRT train at Pasay-Taft Station. MMDA Rescue and enforcers on location. Expect heavy traffic. #mmda
— Official MMDA (@MMDA) August 13, 2014
In addition to injured passengers, the derailed train also damaged passing vehicles after hitting a lamp post along EDSA.
According to the last report, the number of injured passengers are now up to 20. All of the injured passengers are being attended to by authorities and are being rushed to nearby hospitals such as San Juan de Dios Hospital and Pasay City General Hospital.
During an interview with the MRT3 spokesperson Hernando Cabrera, the derailed train is being pushed by another train after it stopped between Magallanes and Taft Avenue station. Unfortunately, while pushing the defective train, the coupling that binds the two trains together “unbuckled”, causing the defective train, which gained momentum after being pushed, to overshot the railway.