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2 trains collide in Philippines, 34 injured

IANS  |  Manila 

At least 34 people were injured when a "runaway" train rammed into another train in of the Philippines, officials said on Sunday.

spokesperson told a press conference that the accident occurred 9.51 p.m. (local time) on Saturday between the Anonas and Araneta Centre Cubao Stations in

The accident forced the train authority to suspend operation between the two stations on Sunday morning as the damaged were removed and the track cleared of any debris, reported.

According to Cabrera, the runaway train that slammed into another train malfunctioned on Saturday afternoon, prompting train operators to park it on a pocket track between the two stations for towing.

But for a still unknown reason, he said, the non-functioning train moved, rolled onto the eastbound tracks and started moving towards Cubao station, into the path of an oncoming train in the opposite direction.

The of the train in the opposite direction was ordered to stop and the passengers were told to brace for impact, Cabrera said.

launched an investigation to determine why the parked train rolled out of the pocket track despite all its system was off.

The train authority's said that the company will pay for the medical expenses of the injured.



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First Published: Sun, May 19 2019. 12:14 IST