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Singapore transit train collision ‘injures 25’

| Updated: November 16, 2017 13:07:25


People look after a mass transit train collision at a platform at Joo Koon station in Singapore November 15, 2017. (TKY/Social media via REUTERS) People look after a mass transit train collision at a platform at Joo Koon station in Singapore November 15, 2017. (TKY/Social media via REUTERS)

A Singapore mass transit train collided early on Wednesday with another at a station, injuring 25 people, authorities said, the latest incident involving the city-state’s railways.

Transit operator SMRT said 23 passengers and two staff suffered light to moderate injuries and have been taken to hospital, according to a Reuters report.

The incident took place at 08:20 AM (00:20 GMT), SMRT said in a statement. It said a faulty west-bound train had stalled at Joo Koon station on the system’s East-West line at 08:18 AM. A second train stopped behind the faulty train at the station at 08:19 AM but moved forward unexpectedly a minute later, coming into contact with the stationary train.

A photograph posted on the Straits Times website showed two trains stopped and in contact but with no major damage apparent.

Earlier, the Singapore Civil Defence Force said in a Twitter post that it had been alerted to an incident at the station at 8:33 a.m.

The collision comes as the country grapples with recent service disruptions on its mass rapid transit system, including a partial suspension of services during an October weekend due to flooding in a tunnel following heavy rains.

The mishaps led to a rare public apology by top transit executives in a country that prides itself in efficient public service and an assurance from the government to address the causes of the various glitches.

The densely-populated city-state is highly dependent on public transport. It is one of the world’s most expensive places to own a vehicle and recently announced that it will not allow any net growth in its car population from February next year.

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