MRT train hits fixed train at Joo Koon station; 25 individuals injured

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SINGAPORE: Twenty-five individuals were hurt after an SMRT train hit a fixed train at Joo Koon station at 8.20 am on Wednesday early morning (Nov 15), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SMRT said.In its very first tweet at 8.25 am, SMRT said that a “train fault” occurred at Joo Koon station.

— SMRT Corporation (@SMRT_Singapore) November 15, 2017

In a joint statement released at 11.12 am, SMRT and LTA said a train heading in the direction of Tuas Link station stalled at Joo Koon station at 8.18 am.A minute later on, a second train stopped behind the first faulty train, the statement included.

“At 8.20 am, the second train moved forward all of a sudden, and came into contact with the first train,” the statement stated.

SMRT and LTA included that they are investigating the event.

Two trains collided at Joo Koon MRT station on Nov 15.(Picture: Facebook/Mei Anne)Twenty-three passengers and two SMRT staff sustained” light to moderate injuries “, and were required to Ng Teng Fong Medical Facility and National University Medical Facility (NUH ). Channel NewsAsia understands that 10

individuals were taken to Ng Teng Fong Hospital and 15 were at NUH.A representative from Ng Teng Fong Health center stated amongst the 10 injured at the health center, two were assessed to have sustained injuries under the P2 category or” significant emergencies “such as limb fractures and joint dislocation.Another 8 sustained small injuries and were evaluated to be under the P3 classification, that includes sprains and small head injuries.Facebook user Mei Anne composed that she was a guest on among the trains, and hurt her back as a result of the collision.

Two trains clashed at Joo Koon MRT station on Nov 15. (Image: Facebook/Mei Anne)

A platform at Joo Koon MRT station was cordoned off with cops tape following the occurrence. A minimum of 10 emergency situation automobiles were seen outside the station.At about 2pm

, more than 5 hours after the train crash, SMRT revealed that train service in between Advantage Lay and Tuas Link stations in both instructions will be suspended for two hours.

“This is to assist in the healing of the two trains associated with today’s occurrence at Joo Koon MRT station. We are doing all we can to restore services securely and expeditiously,” said the train operator in a Facebook post.It added that totally free regular bus and bridging bus services are readily available in between those 2 stations.LAST MRT TRAIN ACCIDENT WAS IN 1993 The last time that an MRT train crash

took place in Singapore was more than twenty years ago. That event, a front-to-back accident in between two trains at Clementi station on Aug 5, 1993, resulted in 156 hurt commuters.An independent questions panel found that the accident was triggered by a 50L oil spill from a maintenance engine which had been bring out maintenance work at about 5am on the day of the accident.Following the findings, SMRT revised its operating treatments to need personnel to examine the platform tracks for oil

, and in the occasion of an oil spill, the train at the station preceding the spill will not move off up until the train ahead has left the station.