SMRT, LTA Investigate MRT Train Accident

SMRT train hits stationary train near Joo Koon MRT station injuries reported

SMRT train hits stationary train near Joo Koon MRT station injuries reported

A train collided with another stationery train at a station in Singapore injuring at least 25 people, the first such incident in the country's transport system in 24 years.

- Picture by Low Youjin/TODAY SINGAPORE, Nov 15 - Twenty-three passengers sustained minor injuries and had to be taken to nearby hospitals after a collision between two trains at Joo Koon MRT station this morning.

"This morning at 8.18am, a train heading in the direction of Tuas Link Station stalled at Joo Koon Station". At 8.20am, the second train moved forward unexpectedly, and came into contact with the first train. Two employees of SMRT Corp. and 23 passengers sustained light to moderate injuries and were sent to two hospitals, the line's operator SMRT and Singapore's Land Transport Authority said in a statement.

The eight lines were built by the LTA, a statutory board of the Government of Singapore, and the trains are operated by SMRT Corporation and SBS Transit.

The first major collision between MRT trains took place on August 5 1993, when a front-to-back collision occurred between two trains at Clementi MRT station.

The densely populated city state's metro system has been hit by repeated delays and breakdowns in recent years, generating public anger in a financial centre where the cost of auto ownership is among the highest in the world.

"A young lady fell on me, and my left knee hit the train floor hard".

In the latest incident, injured passengers suffered sprains, limb fractures and join dislocation.

"While the recent disruptions merely give rise to inconveniences for commuters, we now see human injuries". The densely-populated city-state is highly dependent on public transport.

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