SMRT, LTA Investigate MRT Train Accident

SMRT, LTA Investigate MRT Train Accident

25 people, including two SMRT staff, were injured after a train collided with a stationary train.

Local media Lianhe Zaobao quoted Singapore Civil Defence Force sources as saying that the 23 injured passengers were sent to hospitals, and majority sustained minor injuries.

Said Azli: "I was on the train heading to Joo Koon when the train came to a sudden stop, and there was a loud bang". A second train stopped behind the faulty train at the station at 0819 AM but moved forward unexpectedly a minute later, coming into contact with the stationary train.

Singapore's first train collision occurred August 5, 1993, when an east-bound train stopped longer than scheduled at a station due to a technical fault and was then hit by another train, according to the National Library Board's resources. On Oct 19, the inquiry panel said that the accident was caused by a 50L oil spill from a maintenance locomotive, which had been carrying out maintenance work at about 5am on the day of the accident.

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SMRT and the Land Transport Authority are investigating the incident, the rail operator said.

The incident happened at the time that the Circle Line, better known as the Yellow Line, was affected by delays which the SMRT attributed to "a signal fault" at about 6 am. "We are doing all we can to restore services safely and expeditiously", the post said, adding that free bus and bridging bus services would be available between Boon Lay and Tuas Link.

The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) system forms the major component of the railway system in Singapore, with the network covering 198.6km of route and having 119 stations.

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