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PNR repairs rails round the clock but derailed train has yet to be removed

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) has been fixing its rails round the clock since a locomotive train got derailed in Makati City on Tuesday.

While waiting for heavy equipment to arrive, engineers and other personnel manually started slewing the tracks to adjust their alignment, according to a report by Bam Alegre on Unang Balita on Wednesday.

"Ang update natin dito, makikita niyo naman walang let-up o tuloy-tuloy 'yung pagkukumpuni ng ating riles para makapag-resume tayo ng kahit single track ay madaanan ng mga tren natin bukas," Ibarra Mateo of PNR said.

(Our update here, as you can see, is that there is no let-up in the fixing of the rails so we can resume the use of even a single track.)

The PNR however decided not to have the single track used while the rerailing has not yet been done to ensure the safety of passengers.

Heavy equipment that will pull the derailed train arrived at the area past 3 a.m. on Wednesday.

Engineers are still figuring out how to bring the crane nearer without causing damage to the rails.

Meanwhile, investigation is ongoing as to the cause of the derailment.

On Tuesday past 11 a.m., a PNR train traveling at 20 kph got derailed in Don Bosco, Makati between the Pasay Road and EDSA stations.

Trips from Tutuban were shortened and ended at Vito Cruz Station.

The 400 passengers on board the affected train were able to get out and are safe. —KG, GMA Integrated News