Singapore train collides with stationary train leaving 23 injured

Singapore train collides with stationary train leaving 23 injured

At least 25 people were injured in a train collision in Singapore on Wednesday, officials said, in the latest incident to hit the troubled metro system.

An SMRT Siemens C651 train departing from Platform A of Joo Koon MRT Station, Singapore.

The incident might be a gruesome drawback of the newly-developed signaling system. At 8.19am, a second train stopped behind the first faulty train, but a minute later, the second train moved forward unexpectedly and came into contact with the first train.

Local media Lianhe Zaobao quoted Singapore Civil Defence Force sources as saying that the 23 injured passengers were sent to hospitals, and majority sustained minor injuries.

Eyewitnesses stated that the passengers of the moving train, caught off-guard, fell suddenly as the two trains made a horrific contact.

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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.

The incident caused delays on the East-West Line and happened on the same day that the Circle Line was hit by a major disruption said to be caused by a door fault.

The accident, only the second rail collision in three decades, occurred near Joo Koon station in the western part of the city state Wednesday morning.

While the cleaning crew was alerted to the oil spill, neither the SMRT Operations Control Centre, nor the crew realised the seriousness of the situation even though 10 trains using the tracks before the accident had experienced braking difficulties. 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. "But he did not give details, he just said it hurt quite badly", she added.

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