Student hurt as stalled MRT fuels panic

By Clarissa S. Batino
Inquirer News Service

(UPDATE) A STUDENT was hurt as thousands of commuters were left stranded and panicky when an overhead cable of the Metro Rail Transit 3 between the Boni and Guadalupe stations short-circuited, snapped, and triggered an explosion during rush hour on Monday.

"It was a short circuit. It was a technical problem. We are still finding out the cause of the short circuit since the cable was supposed to have a lifetime of 15 years," said MRT spokesperson Mariano Gui.

"The short-circuit was probably caused by the fluctuation in the supply of electricity," said Gui, noting that MRT is run by electricity.

An unidentified student was reported hurt following the stampede that ensued.

MRT-3 general manager Roberto Lastimoso said the damaged portion was expected to be fully operational by 9:30 p.m.

MRT officials assured the public that the incident was not due to any sabotage or terrorist attack.

An average of 400,000 commuters take the MRT-3 daily.


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