SMRT commuters recall chaos and confusion in trains collision

SMRT commuters recall chaos and confusion in trains collision

SMRT commuters recall chaos and confusion in trains collision

Six Malaysians were injured in the train accident at the Joo Koon Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station in Singapore yesterday, said Wisma Putra.

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.

The incident dealt another blow to a network that has faced public criticism in recent years for frequent breakdowns.

SMRT was recently troubled by a tunnel flooding incident happened in October.

Most of the injuries were related to knocks, falls and bruises, with one passenger suffering a broken tooth and another having fainted.

Among all seven patients, four have been discharged, while three are still being treated.

According to Channel NewsAsia, a signaling fault caused delays on the Circle Line, which made trains congested and huge crowds seen at an interchange station.

But the Tuas West Extension, comprising Gul Circle, Tuas Crescent, Tuas West Road and Tuas Link stations, will be separated from the rest of the East-West Line for up to a month, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Thursday.

The software glitch arose when a faulty train was transiting between the old and new signalling systems, said LTA. "At 8.20am, the second train moved forward unexpectedly, and came into contact with the first train", regulator Land Transport Authority (LTA) and train operator SMRT said in a joint statement.

"Operations from Joo Koon to Tuas Link will also be suspended tomorrow, Nov 16, 2017, while we conduct assurance checks with Thales". The SMRT officials are present at the place where the incident took place.

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

Service coordinator Alexandru Robu, 35, said he was on the westbound train on the East-West Line when it collided with a stalled train in front of the one he was onboard. "Thus it is really time to take a fundamental relook at our public transportation system".

"Free bus and bridging bus services are available between Boon Lay and Tuas Link", it said.

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