Published: Fri, November 17, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Train collision in Singapore leaves 25 injured

Train collision in Singapore leaves 25 injured

A total of 29 people were injured in the Wednesday morning incident where two MRT trains collided at Joo Koon station due to a software glitch.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA), in a statement yesterday, said that after suspending service on the Tuas West Extension (TWE), French firm Thales found that both the new communications-based train control system on the TWE and the old fixed-block signalling system used on the rest of the East-West Line were safe for operation.

Pic: ReutersSINGAPORE: The collision between two Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) trains that resulted in 28 people being injured was caused by a software problem on one of the trains. "At 8:20, the second train moved forward unexpectedly and hit the first train", according to SMRT in the Facebook page as quoted from Yahoo News Singapore.

SMRT, the operator, said all trains were running despite the accident but added that passengers might face intermittent delays of 10 to 30 minutes heading towards the Tuas Link station, the last station of the Green Line in the east.

They were treated at the National University Hospital and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. There are five stops to the Tuas Link station from the Joo Koon station.

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The remaining 11 sustained minor injuries of sprains and minor head injuries.

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

He said many passengers lost their balance and fell on the floor.

In a post, Mei Anne said: "So I'm on the train that hit the other one in front!"

"I was scratched on my left hand though it's not that serious".

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The incident took place at about 8.20am.

He said that the Joo Koon to Tuas Link route of the MRT would be temporarily suspended today (Nov 16) as checks were being done by Thales.

Ong said some passengers hit themselves against railings in the train.

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

"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 driver said on the speaker system that help was on the way", said Ong.

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