Doctors successfully reattach woman’s severed arm after MRT accident

admin   •   November 16, 2017   •   9001

MANILA, Philippines — 24-year-old Angeline Fernando is currently recovering at the Makati Medical Center after doctors successfully reattached her severed arm.

Based on the investigation of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), at 2:30 in the afternoon, Tuesday, Angeline alighted at the Ayala Station from the MRT Taft Station.

Angeline felt dizzy when she disembarked from the platform. Witnesses said she even bumped her head on a post and began walking unsteadily.

Several seconds later, she fell on the platform near the railway tracks, while the train was about to move.

Angeline accidentally placed her right arm on the coupler that connects the train coaches.

A doctor, who was on the train with Angeline, was at the scene when the incident took place.

The doctor immediately returned to the platform to help the victim.

“They brought her to the platform, and then I checked her. I introduced myself to the guards and I gave them instructions to call an ambulance and get a stretcher, a tourniquet to bind her severed arm, and to get a cardigan. One of the assigned policemen gave his belt,” said Dr. Charlie Jandic.

Undersecretary Cesar Chavez cited that relatives and friends of the victim said Angeline is prone to dizzy spells.

“There are times she gets dizzy in crowded places. She goes out every time that is the case because she finds it difficult to breathe. There was an incident where she almost fainted and was brought to the hospital. The diagnosis was low blood pressure,” said DOTr Usec. Cesar Chavez.

The DOTr vowed to shoulder the medical expenses of Angeline.

Transportation officials reminded the public to take extra caution to prevent a similar accident from happening again.

“We call on passengers, if you’re pregnant, a senior citizen, or have an illness regardless of your age, please inform the guard before you go on board the train. Tell him or her that you have this particular illness, and that you are going to this destination, and request for assistance,” said the undersecretary.

Meanwhile, the transportation department is studying the possibility of installing platform screen door at all stations of MRT, particularly at Ayala Station as its platform is too narrow.

The DOTr admitted that doing so is not easy as it requires more time and additional funding. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue

PNR rolls out 2 new trains for Tutuban-Alabang route

Robie de Guzman   •   February 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Railways (PNR) on Thursday deployed its two new trains to operate in Tutuban-Alabang route after its send-off ceremony and class assignment.

According to PNR general manager Junn Magno, the new trainsets which are part of the 8100 series of Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) consist of four cars each and can carry up to 1,000 passengers per trip.

The train sets, which were acquired from Indonesian company PT Inka, are equipped with closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, air conditioning units, and handrails for increased passenger capacity and safety.

The trains also feature poly-carbonate windows capable of withstanding moderate damage caused by thrown rocks, and automatic safety doors equipped with a sensory feature that will easily open should someone or something is caught in between.

With the new trains, the Tutuban-Alabang route will now have a total of five trains.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, meanwhile, assured that PNR fare rates will not increase despite the deployment of new trainsets.

He also called on the public to be alert and immediately report any stone-throwing incident targeting PNR train units.

“Gusto nating manatiling matagal ang paggamit ng ating mga tren kailangan yung kooperasyon ng lahat gamitin ng tama huwag gumawa ng perwisyo, wag maging pasaway,” he said.

Magno said these train sets are part of the 37 railcars and three locomotives procured by the PNR which are expected to be completely delivered in the coming months.

“Hahabulin po natin na by the end of 2020, we should have enough capacity to serve the southern and part of the northern. Bubuksan na rin po natin yung Valenzuela line para ma-off load rin natin ang EDSA,” he said.

The PNR earlier deployed two other new trains to operate in Tutuban-FTI route in Taguig.

Once the delivery of new train sets is completed, PNR’s current 20,000 passenger capacity is expected to increase to 92,000, inching closer to its target of 200,000 daily passengers in the region. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

Duterte inaugurates Sangley Airport in Cavite

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 17, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte inaugurated the Sangley Airport in Cavite on Saturday (February 15) which aims to ease the air traffic congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The Sangley Airport Development Project is under the Duterte Administration’s Build Build Build Program. Small commercial flights and light cargo aircraft are already operational since Saturday.

In his speech, President Duterte commended Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade for successfully completing the development project.

The President also said he will use Sangley Airport when he goes back to Davao after finishing his term.

“I will take my last flight as President to Davao. I will use this airport,” he said.

Once the project is completed, Sangley Airport will have four operational runways and a terminal which can accommodate 100 million passengers every year.—AAC (with reports from Benedict Samson)

PNR unveils two new train sets

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 14, 2020

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) unveiled two new train sets on Friday (February 14).

The two 8100 series of diesel multiple unit (DMU) delivered from Indonesia will begin operating on Tuesday (February 18) from Tutuban to Alabang station. It is expected that these series can serve 1,000 passengers per trip.

Passengers may avail free rides during the trains’ 150-hour validation and static test which will last for 10 days.

PNR General Manager Junn Magno led the unwrapping of the 8100 series consisting of two (2) trainsets with four-car formation per set.

“With the additional new trains, ang estimate namin, the whole fleet can now accommodate additional 35,000 passengers, and it will be increasing in the next few years,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)


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