Missing tracks believed responsible for PNR derailment

By on May 3, 2015


PNR train derailed along Magallanes (Photo: Denmark Samson Marcelino via Facebook)
PNR train derailed along Magallanes (Photo: Denmark Samson Marcelino via Facebook)

MANILA — Results of preliminary investigation on Thursday revealed that missing tracks might have been the cause for the derailment of a Philippine National Railways (PNR) train last Wednesday.

PNR general manager Joseph Dilay said that reports by the management’s team of engineers showed that there were missing parts of the tracks between EDSA and Nichols station.

Among the missing parts, Dilay said, include angle bars, rail clips, rail joints as well as meters of rail.

The PNR has resumed operation by Thursday. However, trains use single track between Pasay Road and FTI stations since track rehabilitation works are ongoing.

Full-time operations are expected to be completed by Friday morning. Management has meanwhile requested passengers for more patience when falling in line at the stations.

Two coaches of its southbound train derailed after running off the rails between EDSA station in Magallanes, Makati City and Nichols station in Taguig about 4 pm Wednesday.

Passengers taking the PNR were immediately taken to the nearest hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Although two coaches were derailed, operation of the PNR continued as southbound trains switched to northbound tracks to continue on to their destination.