Philippine National Railways Stops Operations
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The Philippine National Railways (PNR) is suspending its operations to conduct a complete inspection of its rail tracks. The management of PNR decided to cancel its operations on an indefinite note, after a derailment accident occurred last week.
PNR spokesman Paul de Quiroz announced that “the PNR will resume operations as soon as the integrity of its tracks are certified safe for its trains to pass without compromising passenger safety.”
70,000 commuters who take the PNR on a daily basis are expected to suffer the consequences of the suspension. However, suffering from shuttle congestions due to the suspension is much better than experiencing what happened last Thursday, April 30, 2015, when the train bound for Alabang tilted to its side. At least 70 passengers were reportedly injured in that incident.
According to the PNR Authorities, the investigation revealed that disfigurement of the state-owned tracks is the reason of the accident. They specified that angle bars, rail clips, and rail joints were missing from the derailment site.
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