By Jelly F. Musico
MANILA (PNA) – While Philippine National Railway (PNR) is rushing for immediate repair of damaged bridge in Sariaya that halted PNR trip to Bicol region, PNR general manager Junio Ragragio said he would propose for construction of a new ‘modern bridge’ that would protect railway from flashfloods.
”A new modern bridge is better than repairing the existing one which was damaged by flashfloods at the height of storm ‘Ofel,” Ragragio said in radio interview on Tuesday.
Last Friday, the PNR’s Bicol Express Train 611 suffered a derailment in Sariaya, Quezon province due to rampaging flashflood that damaged a bridge at Sitio Ilaw.
According to PNR report, the first three coaches of the 5-coach train were derailed after traversing the 15 meters Ilaw bridge, one coach was on top of the bridge and the last coach was unaffected.
All the 120 passengers on board were safe except for six who suffered minor bruises.
Aside from Ilaw bridge, another bridge about three kilometers southward has also been damaged due to the heavy rains and flashflood.
Ragragio said the Bicol Express Train 611 operation has been suspended as repair for the two damaged bridges would require at least a month. (PNA)