25 injured in Singapore MRT train accident

Frederick Owens
November 17, 2017

At least 28 people were injured in a train collision in Singapore on Wednesday, officials said, the latest incident to hit the troubled metro system. The removal of this feature resulted in the first train giving off a train profile on the new signalling system as a three-car train instead of a six-car train.

SMRT and Land Transport Authority provided further details on the injuries sustained by commuters hurt by the collision, at a joint press conference yesterday.

A total of 517 passengers were reported to be on the train, which was travelling at 16km per hour when it knocked into a stationary train at the Joo Koon station on the East-West Line. At 8:19, a second train stopped behind the first train in trouble.

Eyewitnesses stated that the passengers of the moving train, caught off-guard, fell suddenly as the two trains made a horrific contact.

"This morning, at 8:18, a train towards Tuas Link Station stopped at Joo Koon Station".

"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..."

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in the Facebook post that they were alerted to the incident at 8.33am and had sent 23 injured passengers to hospitals.

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6 of patients were walk-in cases - 1 of these 6 individuals sought treatment at NUH while the others were admitted at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

Associate Professor Lawrence Loh, an expert on corporate governance at the National University of Singapore Business School, said the collision gave a "whole new dimension" to the train problem.

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

Service on the Tuas West Extension line will be suspended until next Monday (Nov 20) as investigations continue into Wednesday's train collision at Joo Koon Station.

Operations were affected at threeT stations: Clementi, Buona Vista and Commonwealth and services resumed within a day after intensive checks by theT Corporation engineers. "The driver said on the speaker system that help was on the way", said Ong.

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

He said the injured man in his 30s was helped by three commuters, and put into a wheelchair was taken away on an ambulance.

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