Commuters Greet Train Collision with Frustration, Blame, Derision

Yahoo file

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An SMRT train knocked into a stationary train at the Joo Koon MRT station today, resulting in 23 passengers getting injured, according to the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

"23 passengers and 2 SMRT staff sustained light to moderate injuries, and have been conveyed to Ng Teng Fong Hospital and National University Hospital".

SCDF said it was informed of the accident at 8.33 am.

The Joo Koon station is on the East-West Line, popularly referred to as the Green line, and has 35 stations between the Tuas Link and Changi Airport. They are investigating the incident, which took place around Joo Koon station in the western part of the city-state. A second train stopped behind the faulty train at the station at 0819 AM but moved forward unexpectedly a minute later, coming into contact with the stationary train.

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.

After three hours, the SMRT reported that the fault had been cleared but trains and stations on the Circle Line were crowded.

A spokesman from Ng Teng Fong Hospital said among the 10 injured at the hospital, two were assessed to have sustained injuries under the P2 category or "major emergencies" such as limb fractures and joint dislocation. The commuters fell on their back because of the collision and she was hurt in the process. 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.

The accident, which took place at 7.50am, left 156 injured commuters.

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