Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Collision at Singapore's Joo Koon MRT station leaves 25 injured

Collision at Singapore's Joo Koon MRT station leaves 25 injured

A Singapore train collided with a stationary one, injuring 25 people and dealing another blow to a network that has faced public criticism in recent years for frequent breakdowns.

In a Facebook post, SMRT said that "23 passengers and 2 SMRT staff sustained light to moderate injuries, and have been conveyed to Ng Teng Fong Hospital and National University Hospital".

SMRT Corporation, the operator of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) in Singapore, and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) are investigating a train accident today at the Joo Koon station. A second train stopped behind the faulty train at the station at 0819am but moved forward unexpectedly a minute later, coming into contact with the stationary train.

The injured passengers were taken to hospital with most sustaining minor injuries, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force.

The first major collision between MRT trains took place on August 5 1993, when a front-to-back collision occurred between two trains at Clementi MRT station.

The incident happened at the time that the Circle Line, better known as the Yellow Line, was affected by delays which the SMRT attributed to "a signal fault" at about 6 am.

The densely populated city state's metro system has been hit by repeated delays and breakdowns in recent years, generating public anger in a financial centre where the cost of vehicle ownership is among the highest in the world.

"The impact was very big... and everybody flew", state broadcaster Channel NewsAsia quoted a female passenger as saying.

In the latest incident, injured passengers suffered sprains, limb fractures and join dislocation. The densely-populated city-state is highly dependent on public transport.

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