MANILA, Philippines – The Metro Rail Transit (MRT 3) management is assuring the public that its trains are still safe to ride despite the fire incident last Saturday.
"Normal po ang operation natin ngayong araw na ito at walang dapat ipangamba ang ating mga mananakay dahil safe na safe po ang ating mga tren ngayong araw na ito," MRT 3 General Manager Al Vitangcol told radio dzMM.
"Lahat ng natitira nating 72 cars ay ayos pong lahat at ang ating mga istasyon naman po ay secured. Wala pong dapat ipangamba ang ating mga sumasakay na pasahero," he added.
Vitangcol said an investigation confirmed that an electrical wiring of the train's "traction motor" suffered a short circuit.
"Nagkaroon na po kami ng preliminary investigation at napag-alaman po natin na ang sanhi noong insidente noong Sabado ay ang pagsho-short circuit ng isang traction motor," he said.
"Ang supply kasi natin ng kuryente ay mataas. Imbis na ma-consume ng traction motor yung kuryenteng dumadaloy, pumasok ito doon sa distribution box. Pagpasok po sa distribution box, natunaw po yung mga high-tension wire."
Aside from the investigaton done by the MRT management, the Bureau of Fire Protection also launched a separate investigation.
MRT-3 suspended trips momentarily Saturday afternoon after smoke was seen coming out from one of the train’s coaches.
The train’s northbound passengers were directed to get off the train at the Kamuning station as authorities attended to the situation.
Two passengers suffered bruises due after some of the passengers panicked as they rushed out of the coaches.
The injured passengers were identified as Susana Perater and Jerome Hidalgo. They were brought to the East Avenue Medical Center.