PNR train derailed; 50 hurt


Posted at Apr 29 2015 06:40 PM | Updated as of Apr 30 2015 06:25 AM

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - A southbound train of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) got derailed between the EDSA and Nichols stations Wednesday afternoon.

PNR spokesperson Paul de Quiros said at least five passengers suffered minor bruises in the incident, which occurred near the Skyway Magallanes exit at around 3:50 p.m.

"May very minor na injuries, parang nabugbog lang... nasubsob lang," he told radio dzMM.

"Usually naman yung mga trains namin mabagal din naman, so we're not expecting any injuries talaga, yung mga major," he added in another interview on ANC.

But according to the Taguig Rescue Team, at least 50 people were hurt in the incident.

The team said the passengers sustained only minor injuries and the blood pressure of some shot up. The affected passengers were brought to the nearest health center and the Taguig Pateros Hospital.

According to De Quiros, all passengers of the three-coach train were immediately transferred to the Nichols station following the derailment.

He said the incident has not affected the operations of the PNR, as trains running on the southbound track only need to transfer to the northbound track when passing through the area and then go back to the southbound track.

The derailed train is expected to be removed by midnight.

The cause of the derailment, meanwhile, is still being investigated by PNR's engineers, De Quiros said. -- With report from Jeck Batallones, ABS-CBN News