25 injured in Singapore transit train collision

Cheryl Sanders
November 15, 2017

- 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.

Several passengers were flung against panels and steel railings inside the train, while others were piled on top of one another.

In a joint statement issued at 11.12am, SMRT and LTA said a train heading in the direction of Tuas Link station stalled at Joo Koon station at 8.18am.

Wednesday's collision was the second in the 30-year history of Singapore's mass rapid transport system - the first was in 1993 and left 160 passengers injured, the Straits Times newspaper said. It was then hit by another train.

There are five stops to the Tuas Link station from the Joo Koon station. All hoses and oil seals on such locomotives were replaced as a result of the incident and new locomotives with a different type of engine which is not prone to oil leaks were also purchased.

According to the statement, 23 passengers and two SMRT staff sustained light to moderate injuries, and have been sent to the Ng Teng Fong Hospital and National University Hospital. A second train stopped behind the faulty train at the station at 0819am but moved forward unexpectedly a minute later, coming into contact with the stationary 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.

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

A commuter, Mei Anne posted on her Facebook page saying that she was on the train which collided with the other train.

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