Published: Fri, November 17, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Malaysians injured in Singapore MRT train crash

Malaysians injured in Singapore MRT train crash

SMRT Corp on Thursday suspended train services between Joo Koon and Tuas Link stations following previous day's collision, which left almost 29 people injured.

"23 passengers and 2 SMRT staff sustained light to moderate injuries, and have been conveyed to Ng Teng Fong Hospital and National University Hospital".

This means trains will not travel between Joo Koon and Gul Circle stations.

SMRT staff at the scene where two trains collided at Joo Koon Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station.

"Given this finding, the LTA and SMRT have chose to isolate for up to one month the operations of the TWE, which runs on the new signalling system, from the rest of the East-West Line, which runs on the old signalling system", said LTA. SMRT Corporation has took to Twitter about the incident. "At 8.20am, the second train moved forward unexpectedly, and came into contact with the first train", the LTA and the SMRT said in a joint statement.

"A while later, as I was in the first cabin, we heard some passengers knocking on the driver's door to tell the driver (that) there was someone injured". A faulty train was stalled at the Joo Koon station at 8:18 AM.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in the Facebook post that they were alerted to the incident at 8.33am and had sent 23 injured passengers to hospitals.

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At Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), there were five new walk-in cases.

Wednesday's collision occured because of a software problem which resulted when the faulty train was transitioning between the two signalling systems.

Observers of the incident have noted that injuries from the incident might be more than what is being observed as some may not find it necessary to seek treatment for their injuries as it may just be a bruise or there may be no symptom as a result from the injury.

Following the incident, SMRT shut down services between Boon Lay and Tuas Link stations for a few hours to "facilitate the recovery" of the two trains.

"The (driver) has 1.5 years of driving experience on the main line, so (he) is not considered inexperienced", he said.

He said many passengers lost their balance and fell on the floor.

He said the injured man in his 30s was helped by three commuters, and put into a wheelchair was taken away on an ambulance.

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