25 injured in Singapore metro train collision

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

An SMRT train hit a stationary one at the Joo Koon MRT station platform around 8am on Wednesday (Nov 15) during the morning peak hour when trains are usually packed.

SCDF said it was alerted at 8.33 am to the accident at the station on the west-bound direction towards the Tuas Link.

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.

A total of 23 passengers and two SMRT staff sustained light to moderate injuries and were taken conscious to the National University Hospital and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) system forms the major component of the railway system in Singapore, spanning the entire city-state.

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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". 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 train, which comprised six carriages, had a full capacity of 1,800 passengers, 156 of whom were injured during the peak-hour collision.

The eight lines were built by the LTA, a statutory board of the Government of Singapore, and the trains are operated by SMRT Corporation and SBS Transit.

In addition, the train operator announced plans to purchase new locomotives to replace the existing ones for track maintenance as the new locomotives are not prone to the same type of hydraulic leakage. SMRT chief executive officer Desmond Kuek was spotted at the station around 10.45am but did not address the media at the time.