MANILA, Philippines -- Five passengers were injured after a train of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) heading to Bicol derailed in Sariaya, Quezon Friday.
The PNR train carrying 128 passengers accidentally lost control and was dislocated from the railway, which resulted to damages to some properties in Barangay Canda in Sariaya.
Authorities blamed bad weather for the incident which came at a time when thousands are expected to go back to their home provinces for the holidays.
According to police investigation, the bridge where the railway was built collapsed due to the heavy current of water brought by nonstop rains.
The wheel of the train also tumbled off.
The victims were identified as Jesus Sevilla, 47; Fellomina Pantallon, 66; Ybeth Molina, 41; Alvin Cruz, 44; and Armida Granada, 50. They were immediately brought to the nearest hospital to be given aid.
No case has been filed yet against the PNR.
The management has promised to shoulder all the medical expenses of the victims.
Edwin Advesario, the 46-year-old driver of the train, refused to comment.
Police authorities said he can be charged with reckless imprudence.
SPO1 Noriel Banaag said, "Tinitingnan natin 'yung reckless imprudence at negligence. Baka may kapabayaan na nangyari."
Due to the gravity of the accident, PNR will temporarily suspend trips in that particular area for the rehabilitation of the railway.
PNR General Manager June Lagrasio said it is estimated that the renovation will cost up to P10 million and will take a month to be completed. -- Report from Joan Panopio, ABS-CBN News Southern Tagalog