Train collision in Singapore leaves 25 injured

17 November, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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The injuries occur for Two employees of the SMRT and almost 23 passengers in the Singapore train collision which took place at the Joo Koon station. 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. "At 8.20am, the second train moved forward unexpectedly, and came into contact with the first train", the LTA and the SMRT said in a joint statement.

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.

Mr Wang, who was in the second cabin of the train, said some of those who were injured were crying and someone pushed the emergency button.

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

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.

"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..."

SMRT said that affected passengers may approach staff at any SMRT station for assistance with compensation or call on 1800-336-8900.

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SMRT group chief executive Desmond Kuek was seen at the Joo Koon station yesterday morning after the collision, as well as at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

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

"Given this finding, the LTA and SMRT have chose to isolate for up to one month the operations of the TWE, which runs on the new signalling system, from the rest of the East-West Line, which runs on the old signalling system", said LTA.

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. Commuters were inconvenienced, and some even injured.

An east-bound train from Jurong had reportedly stopped at ClementiT station for two minutes longer than scheduled due to a technical fault.

"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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