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Malaysians involved in Joo Koon MRT train collision

Malaysians involved in Joo Koon MRT train collision

Preliminary findings have shown that a train was run inadvertently without a software protection feature, resulting in a collision at the Joo Koon station of East West Line this morning, says Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA). The removal of this feature resulted in the first train giving off a train profile on the new signalling system of a three-car train, instead of a six-car train.

As a result, 23 passengers and two SMRT staff members received slight to moderate injuries as they were admitted to the National University Hospital and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

SMRT and Land Transport Authority provided further details on the injuries sustained by commuters hurt by the collision, at a joint press conference yesterday.

The Joo Koon station is on the East-West Line, popularly referred to as the Green line, and has 35 stations between the Tuas Link and Changi Airport. Two minutes earlier, a train heading towards the Tuas Link station stopped at Joo Koon station to allow the passengers to disembark, following an "anomaly in the train signalling system".

"A while later, as I was in the first cabin, we heard some passengers knocking at the driver's door to tell (the) driver (that) there was someone injured..."

The injured passengers were taken to hospital with most sustaining minor injuries, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force.

The 8.20am incident occurred when a stalled train on the East-West Line was hit on its rear by a second train, which initially was in a stationary position as well.

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"I hope they can solve this problem before the one month and bring (service) back onstream", he said.

SMRT was recently troubled by a tunnel flooding incident happened in October.

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

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

However, its services for other routes were not affected.

Trains continued to run in both directions on the unaffected side of the station platform, with SMRT announcing that commuters should expect 10 minutes of extra travelling time between Joo Koon and Tuas Link stations.

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


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