Gov't considers screen doors at MRT Ayala station after accident

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The platform at the MRT Ayala station (file)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 15) — Transport officials are proposing installing platform screen doors at the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Ayala station in Makati following an accident on Tuesday.

Transportation Undersecretary for Rail Cesar Chavez told reporters on Wednesday that the doors, which would separate commuters on the platform from the train area, will prevent a repeat of what happened to 24-year-old Pasay City resident Angeline Fernando.

 

Officials temporarily closed the station Tuesday afternoon after Fernando, a senior quality engineer at a Makati-based IT company, lost her right arm after an MRT train ran over it.

Read: MRT station closes temporarily after passenger injury

However, doctors were able to reattach Fernando's arm.

Read: MRT commuter's arm reattached following accident

Chavez said Fernando felt dizzy after disembarking the MRT northbound train at past 2 p.m. Tuesday. As she was walking on the platform, Fernando bumped into a post, which caused her to lose balance and fall down into the tracks.

Chavez said the doors would be especially important at the Ayala station because the small platform means the distance from the posts to the tracks is less than 2 meters.

He added that platforms at other stations are much larger.

All MRT station platforms are open, with commuters told to stay behind a yellow line for safety.

Other metro railways around the world, such as the one in Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong, use either half-height or full-height screen doors to separate commuters.

Platform screen doors for the MRT had been eyed as early as May 2013 after a male passenger was killed after jumping in front of an MRT train in an apparent suicide.

Chavez said the government is also considering adding more security guards to patrol MRT platforms to prevent similar incidents.