SMRT trains collide at Joo Koon station, 25 injured
15 November, 2017, 13:43
The Workers' Party (WP) said it was "disturbed" to learn about the MRT train collision that happened on Wednesday morning (Nov 15) that left 28 people injured, calling on SMRT to cover all medical expenses resulting from the incident.
Earlier, the Singapore Civil Defence Force said in a Twitter post that it had been alerted to an incident at the station at 8:33 a.m. 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. Only a minute later, a second train that stopped behind the first one moved forward unexpectedly and "came into contact with the first train". Passengers were treated for head injuries, spinal injuries, fractures and minor bruises among other injuries.
Over the five hours after when the incident occurred, about 40 SMRT personnel were seen on the station platform inspecting the accident site.
[LTA - SMRT Joint Statement] This morning at 8.18am, a train heading in the direction of Tuas Link Station stalled at. Earlier on Wednesday, a commuter by the name of Mei Anne wrote on Facebook that the collision caused her and other passengers to fall on their backs. At 8.19am, a second train stopped behind the first faulty train.
Both LTA and SMRT said they are investigating the incident, which sparked a fresh round of criticism on social media of the metro system, once the pride of Singapore and the envy of its neighbours. "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.
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