Speaking to media, Pasay city chief of police Senior Superintendent Florencio Ortilla said police were starting to secure the area and to make sure people would not panic. The Taft station is typically the site of heavy vehicular and human traffic and is where the MRT-3 and LRT-1 lines meet.
Injured passengers were being brought to the Pasay City General Hospital and the San Juan de Dios Hospital. As of 4:34 pm, media reports said passengers were still being rescued from inside the train.
Watch scenes from the aftermath below.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said that its rescuers and enforcers are on site, and advised motorists to “expect heavy traffic” in the area.
Here are updates posted on social media.
Gov’t to probe mishap
Malacañang said the government would determine the cause of the mishap, the worst accident involving the train system.
“Kailangang gawin ang nararapat para tiyakin ang kaligtasan ng mga pasahero at mga mamamayan, kasama na ang pagtunton sa dahilan kung bakit naganap ang paglampas ng bagon sa riles,” Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said in a statement.
(We have to do the what is necessary to ensure the safety of the passengers and the citizenry, including determining why the coaches were derailed.)
Prior to Wednesday’s derailment, the last accident suffered by MRT passengers was on March 26, 2014, when an MRT train made an abrupt stop, causing minor injuries to 8 passengers, due to a lapse on the train driver’s part. (READ: Driver lapse causes MRT 3 accident) – With reports from Bea Cupin/Rappler.com