MANILA, Philippines – Operations of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) have been suspended indefinitely starting Tuesday, May 5, affecting close to 70,000 commuters of the state-run train line.
This comes after a southbound PNR train derailed at the Skyway Magallanes exit in Makati City last week, injuring dozens of passengers.
The suspension of the train service from the Tutuban station in Manila to Calamba, Laguna, will allow officials to inspect the train tracks and ensure passengers’ safety, PNR Assistant General Manager Diosdado Silva said.
“Operations of the commuter line shall resume as soon as extensive inspections and assessments have been made and the integrity of the rail tracks has been certified safe and sound for its trains to pass and passenger-safety is assured,” Silva added.
Last April 29, a southbound train composed of 3 coaches got derailed between the EDSA and Nichols station of the PNR.
PNR spokesperson Paul de Quiros said missing rail joints, angle bars, and rail clips – which were likely pilfered – had caused the derailment.
A PNR train was also derailed in August 2014. – Rappler.com