SMRT collision is second incident in MRT's 30 year history

SMRT collision is second incident in MRT's 30 year history

SMRT said a faulty west-bound train had stalled at Joo Koon station on the system's East-West line at 08:18am.

At least 23 people were injured when Singapore's mass-rapid rail system suffered a collision when a train operated by SMRT Corp hit another stationary one on Wednesday.

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". "At 8.20am, the second train moved forward unexpectedly, and came into contact with the first train", they said in a joint statement here. At 8.19am, a second train stopped behind the first faulty train. Passengers were treated for head injuries, spinal injuries, fractures and minor bruises among other injuries. When The Straits Times visited the station, more than 50 personnel were seen at the site at around 11.35am, but it was unclear what work was being done. A post on SMRT's Facebook page at 2pm said that train services in both directions between Boon Lay and Tuas Link would be suspended for two hours as of 2pm.

Commuters alighting at Joo Koon station were also asked by SMRT staff not to take photos of the accident scene.

In August 1993, a damaged rubber ring set off a chain of events that led to the collision between two trains at Clementi MRT station, leaving about 160 passengers injured.

As at 1 pm, free bus services were being provided at regular intervals between the Tuas Link station and the Jurong East station where the Green line meets the North-South Line or the Red Line.

The fine was the first then to be imposed on any train operator here, and LTA said that Singapore LRT had breached a strict performance standard that demanded that the operator not cause any collisions.