Signal Fault Causes MRT Train Accident in Singapore


An SMRT train knocked into a stationary train at the Joo Koon MRT station today, resulting in 25 passengers getting injured, according to the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

As a result, 23 passengers and two SMRT staff members received slight to moderate injuries as they were admitted to the National University Hospital and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. A faulty train was stalled at the Joo Koon station at 8:18 AM. 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.

The statement stated that the Ministry of Transport (MOT), LTA, and SMRT are in touch with all the injured passengers.

Observers of the incident have noted that injuries from the incident might be more than what is being observed as some may not find it necessary to seek treatment for their injuries as it may just be a bruise or there may be no symptom as a result from the injury.

Commuter Eddy Ong, who was on the train when the incident occurred, told TODAY that the train was "travelling at (a) very slow speed" after PioneerT station. SMRT chief executive officer Desmond Kuek was spotted at the station around 10.45am but did not address the media at the time.

The incident took place at about 8.20am.

"Malaysians involved in the incident and require consular assistance are advised to contact the High Commission of Malaysia in Singapore", the ministry said.

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The train then arrived at Joo Koon station without the feature.

The Tuas West Extension, consisting of Gul Circle, Tuas Crescent, Tuas West Road and Tuas Link stations, will continue to be suspended until Sunday.

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

The remaining 11 sustained minor injuries of sprains and minor head injuries.

"And we fell on our backs because of the fall". Commuters were inconvenienced, and some even injured.

Several passengers were flung against panels and steel railings inside the train, while others were piled on top of one another.

Some passengers hit themselves against the railing in the train cabins while Ong himself was injured. "The driver said on the speaker system that help was on the way", said Ong.