Tugade vows to file cases if negligence proven in LRT-2 collision

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade vows to penalize individuals who will be found responsible for the cause of the train collision on Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) between Cubao and Anonas Stations on Saturday night.

During the Transport Talks press briefing held yesterday, 20 May 2019, Secretary Tugade said he wants clear and unequivocal answers on the reason behind the collision.

“Ang gusto ko, alamin dapat kung ano ang nangyari at sabihin sa akin nang diretsahan: is this an accident? Is this a freak accident? If so, say it and why? Was there negligence? If so, tell me so that I can run after those who committed negligence. Uusigin ko talaga kayo,” Secretary Tugade said.

A fact-finding committee was established on Sunday, 19 May 2019, by Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) Administrator Reynaldo Berroya to determine the cause of the collision of two trains that left thirty (30) passengers and four (4) LRT-2 personnel injured.

In light of the incident, the transportation chief also pointed out that the collision served as a wake-up call to revisit the agency’s policies and procedures in operating LRT-2.

He reiterated that the DOTr, together with the LRTA, is taking the incident seriously, and exerting all efforts to prevent recurrence.

“Tinitingnan ‘ho namin ito bilang wake-up call o lesson, nang sa gayon ay hindi na maulit. Malungkot na nangyaring may aksidente. Wala ‘hong may kagustuhan niyan. Pinangako ‘ho namin ang comfort and convenience ng mga pasahero kaya’t dapat protektado ang mga mananakay. Dapat laging una ang kanilang kaligtasan at seguridad,” Secretary Tugade added.

On Saturday, 18 May 2019, a train parked at an inclined position on a pocket track near Anonas Station suddenly went down and ran through the eastbound track going to Cubao. The said parked train, which was under maintenance, collided with an active train coming from Cubao Station with passengers on board.

Through the LRTA control center, instructions were immediately relayed to the driver of the active train to go on full stop, an instruction that was quickly complied with.

Immediately after the incident, Secretary Tugade and various transportation officials visited the injured passengers, assuring them that all expenses such as medical bills, check-ups, and resulting loss of income will be reimbursed by the LRTA and DOTr.

The trains involved in the collision were removed from the tracks on Sunday morning. LRT-2 full line service operation resumed at 12:13PM that day. DOTr