MANILA, Philippines – A video post of Jason Ibe is now viral on social media. It shows an LRT train with its doors open while running from Vito Cruz to Quirino station last Monday night.
The director for operations of the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LMRC), Rod Bulario, explained that one passenger attempted to get into the train at the Vito Cruz station by forcibly opening its door and causing it to malfunction.
“The passenger forced the door open to get inside. When the doors were about to close, the door the passenger activated couldn’t do so anymore. The sensor seemed to have been disturbed that it couldn’t detect the system, hence it remained open while the train was running,” he said.
Bulario added that the problem in the train was immediately addressed upon its arrival at the Quirino Station.
However, the passenger who allegedly caused the problem could no longer be found.
In a CCTV footage, the said passenger can be seen immediately leaving upon the train’s arrival at the Quirino station.
With this incident, the LRMC appeals to the public to not forcibly open the doors of LRT trains to avoid glitches in its sensors.
“Under normal conditions, the doors normally open. It has automatic train stop. But this case is isolated as the door was forcibly opened, disturbing the automatic train stop sensor,” Bulario said.
The management of LRT admitted the trains are already old.
According to Bulario, these are set to undergo rehabilitation next year.
“We will have it undergo rehabilitation by January. We will rehabilitate these three trains just to be sure,” he said.
It can be recalled that a similar incident happened in LRT Line 1 over a year ago.
In March of 2016, a train ran with its doors open from the Central Station to the UN Avenue Station. – Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue