25 injured in Singapore MRT train accident

Violet Powell
November 17, 2017

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).

In a Facebook post, SMRT said that "23 passengers and 2 SMRT staff sustained light to moderate injuries, and have been conveyed to Ng Teng Fong Hospital and National University Hospital".

SCDF said it was alerted at 8.33 am to the accident at the station on the west-bound direction towards the Tuas Link.

SMRT Corp Ltd said that the second train abruptly moved and collided with the train in front of it. Six members and other seven managerial staff of SMRT's Building and Facilities Maintenance group were found responsible for the maintenance of the pump system, which was related to the incident, according to local media.

"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..."

While the four stations on this extension - Gul Circle, Tuas Crescent, Tuas West Road and Tuas Link - will reopen after the weekend, the authorities will keep service between Joo Koon and Gul Circle stations suspended for up to a month.

Photos taken by witnesses uploaded online showed no apparent damages on both trains.

A total of 29 passengers were injured in the incident but no casualties were reported so far.

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The second train was supposed to come to a complete stop 10.7m behind the first train.

The report said NUH admitted one walk-in patient, while Ng Teng Fong General Hospital admitted five new walk-in cases, and one other patient was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital by ambulance.

Operations were affected at threeT stations: Clementi, Buona Vista and Commonwealth and services resumed within a day after intensive checks by theT Corporation engineers.

Out of the 13 patients, two of them sustained serious injuries and were being monitored for "major emergencies" such as limb fractures and joint dislocation.

He said many passengers lost their balance and fell on the floor. The accident injured 156 commuters.

As a result, it was present at the Joo Koon station.

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

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