Duterte 'concerned' over LRT-2 train collision

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 20 2019 06:17 PM

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte is waiting for the report on the collision of 2 coaches of the Light Rail Transit 2 (LRT-2) that left 34 people hurt over the weekend, Malacañang said Monday.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the President is "concerned" over the incident and wants to know the details surrounding the collision.

"The President is concerned that’s why he is waiting for the result of the investigation – the whys and wherefores of the accident," Panelo said in a press briefing.

Asked whether the President wants to know the possible accountabilities of those responsible for the incident, Panelo responded: "Yes, of course."

Two LRT-2 coaches collided in the area between Cubao and Anonas stations in Quezon City, Saturday night.

Hernando Cabrera, spokesperson of the LRT-2, said the collision happened after an unmanned train started moving on its own from the pocket track and wound up on the eastbound track of the railway.

The incident was a first in the train line's 15-year operation, Cabrera said.

The LRT Authority is already investigating if the unmanned train's brakes were disengaged accidentally and was determining its speed during the crash and the incline of the train tracks at the area.

Cabrera also assured the riding public that the LRT-2 management is working to ensure the safety of its passengers following the collision.

"The incident that happened is an isolated incident. Our system, our trains are safe and we assure our public that we will do our best to do our job and whatever due diligence to ensure the safety of our passengers," he said.