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Singapore Train Hits Stationary One, Injuring 25 People

15 November 2017

In a joint statement issued at 11.12am, SMRT and LTA said a train heading in the direction of Tuas Link station stalled at Joo Koon station at 8.18am.

The Workers' Party (WP) said it was "disturbed" to learn about the MRT train collision that happened on Wednesday morning (Nov 15) that left 28 people injured, calling on SMRT to cover all medical expenses resulting from the incident.

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.

Jammed train doors were forced open to help injured passengers out.

After the incident, an announcement was made over the systems asking for passengers to move forward to the first cabin.

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".

An SMRT train had collided with a stationary train at Joo Koon station at 8.20am, disrupting services along the East-West Line.

Singapore's first train collision occurred August 5, 1993, when an east-bound train stopped longer than scheduled at a station due to a technical fault and was then hit by another train, according to the National Library Board's resources.

A panel of inquiry set up then to look into the incident said that the collision could have been prevented had MRT staff dealt with the oil spill "sufficiently aggressively or promptly".

In the latest incident, injured passengers suffered sprains, limb fractures and join dislocation.

In a post, Mei Anne said: "So I'm on the train that hit the other one in front!"

Singapore Train Hits Stationary One, Injuring 25 People