Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Signal Fault Causes MRT Train Accident in Singapore

Signal Fault Causes MRT Train Accident in Singapore

SMRT train travels along a track in a neighbourhood in Singapore.

According to the statement, 23 passengers and two SMRT staff sustained light to moderate injuries, and have been sent to the Ng Teng Fong Hospital and National University Hospital.

An SMRT Siemens C651 train departing from Platform A of Joo Koon MRT Station, Singapore. At 8:19, a second train stopped behind the first train in trouble. 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.

Meanwhile, The Straits Times said that this accident is related to a signal fault.

Said Azli: "I was on the train heading to Joo Koon when the train came to a sudden stop, and there was a loud bang".

Earlier, the Singapore Civil Defense Force said in a Twitter post that it had been alerted to an incident at the station at 8:33 a.m.

SMRT and the transport authority said they are investigating the incident.

A commuter, Mei Anne posted on her Facebook page saying that she was on the train which collided with the other train.

Trains were delayed on the East-West Line as a result of the collision.

As at 1pm, 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.

Singapore's mass transit system has been strained as the population expanded, leading to multiple breakdowns and delays especially in the past six years, symptomatic of a learning curve the city faces as it upgrades infrastructure rapidly to cope with more people.

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