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