By Lorenz S. Marasigan, May 20 2019; Business Mirror

Image Credit to Philippine Star

THE Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will create a fact-finding committee to determine the cause of the collision of two trtains at the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 on Saturday evening.

Reynaldo Berroya, the administrator of the railway regulator, said the committee will help shed light as to how a parked train in the pocket track of Anonas Station slid into the eastbound track, causing it to collide with a service train bound for Cubao Station.

The collision injured 34 persons aboard the train. Five of them remained confined at the World Citi Medical Center and the Quirino Memorial Medical Center as of press time. All medical bills, follow-up checkups and resulting loss of income will be reimbursed by the government.

“[We] assure everyone that we will get to the bottom of this. If the fact-finding committee proves that anyone was negligent or had failed in his or her duty, we will make sure that appropriate charges will be filed,” Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddes Hope O. Libiran said.

The government is “taking this incident very seriously, and are exerting all efforts to prevent this kind of incident from happening again.”

It also maintained that that LRT 2, the youngest of the three overhead railway lines in the Philippines, is “a safe mode of public transportation,” calling the collision an “isolated incident.”

LRT 2 operations resumed on Sunday.

“The riding public’s safety and security are paramount to us in the delivery of mass transit service,” a statement from the transport agency read.