Two MRT-3 pas­sen­gers in­jured: Hu­man er­ror or sig­nal­ing prob­lem?

Business World - - THE NATION -

TWO IN­CI­DENTS of pas­sen­ger in­juries were re­ported at the Metro Rail­way Tran­sit (MRT)-3 yes­ter­day morn­ing due to prob­lems in on­board sig­nal­ing. Trans­porta­tion Un­der­sec­re­tary for Rail­ways Ce­sar B. Chavez told re­porters in a mes­sage that MRT-3 con­trol cen­ter staff in­formed him of a 30-year-old fe­male who got “an abra­sion on the right arm” and a 68-year-old male who had a “snap on the left rib.” The pas­sen­gers sus­tained the mi­nor in­juries at the Shaw Boule­vard sta­tion due to “ATP [au­to­matic train pro­tec­tion] brak­ing.” “ATP, also known as on­board sig­nal­ing, be­longs to [the] top three main causes of un­load­ing in­ci­dents,” Mr. Chavez said in a mes­sage. Busi­nessWorld con­tacted the MRT man­age­ment for com­ment, but has not re­ceived a re­ply as of re­port­ing. Charles Per­fecto A. Mercado, spokesper­son of Bu­san Uni­ver­sal Rail, Inc., (BURI), the main­te­nance provider of MRT, said ini­tial as­sess­ment in­di­cates the in­ci­dents were due to hu­man er­ror. “...Our pre­lim­i­nary re­view shows that the Au­to­matic Train Pro­tec­tion on the train worked, and stopped the train be­cause the driver [drove at a speed of] at about 36 kph... the man­ual of op­er­a­tion in­di­cated that the max­i­mum should be 10-20 kph, so it’s a driver fault,” Mr. Mercado said. In an ear­lier mes­sage, BURI said the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion (DoTr) “will is­sue the of­fi­cial in­ci­dent re­port.”

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