WATCH: LRT-1 train runs with open door

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 28) — A Monday night commute for train riders in Manila got a lot more breezy when the Light Rail Transit 1 (LRT-1) train they were on had an open door.

Commuter Jason Ibe took out his smartphone and videotaped the moment, which showed the streets below whizzing by and other commuters joking in the background about falling out of the train.

 

The video, which Ibe shared on his Facebook profile, had over 258,000 views and over 150 shares as of Tuesday morning.

"The time was 6:53 p.m. yesterday," Ibe told CNN Philippines on Tuesday. "The train's door opened from Vito Cruz to Quirino Station. The management attended to the train when we landed at Quirino Station. A passenger called the personnel and he said, 'Bukas yung pintuan habang umaandar [The door was open while the train was moving].'"

He said a maintenance personnel tried to fixed it, but he just shut the door. Ibe said the door did not open anymore after that.

Passenger caused malfunction

Rod Bulario, Operations Director of LRT-1 operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), confirmed the incident to CNN Philippines, saying the door malfunctioned after a passenger forcibly opened it at Vito Cruz Station.

"Nung nag-open yung doors ng tren sa Vito Cruz, na-delay magbukas yung isang pintuan," he said. "'Yung ginalaw na 'yun, hindi nagsara. Nasira yung sensor."

[Translation: When the doors opened at Vito Cruz station, one of them was delayed. The door that was tampered with did not close. The sensor was damaged.]

Bulario called it an "isolated incident," saying it would not occur under normal circumstances.

"If the door sensor is functioning properly, the train will not move," he said. "In this case, because the sensor was damaged, the motors didn't know that there was a problem, so the train will move."

Bulario added the LRT-1 management is checking CCTV footage to identify the passenger, who he said hurriedly got off at Quirino Station.

"If we see the passenger, we will invite him or her for investigation and our legal team will identify what would be the right case to file against him," he said.

Fresh air commute

Meanwhile, netizens poked fun at the incident, noting how airy the ride was.

 

 

Meanwhile, Elle Pendatun called the incident her idea of a nightmare.

 

The LRT-1, which started operating in December 1984, runs from Pasay City to Quezon City and passes through Manila.

LRMC, a joint venture of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) and Ayala Corporation, took over the operation and maintenance of the rail line in September 2015.

LRT owner eyeing MRT takeover

The incident happened nearly a week after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque rode the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) and the LRT-1 to Malacañang.

Read: Roque takes the MRT to work

Roque noted the LRT was being run properly, adding he hoped that the troubled MRT-3 could operate just as efficiently.

On November 17, former Transportation Undersecretary for Rail Cesar Chavez told CNN Philippines the government is eyeing the ₱20-billion unsolicited proposal of MPIC to take over the MRT-3's operation and maintenance.

Read: Gov't considering replacing MRT train system

The government has been handling the MRT-3's maintenance since November 6.

Read: DOTr: Gov't to take over MRT maintenance