Joo Koon MRT Station after train collision

Joo Koon MRT Station after train collision

Joo Koon MRT Station after train collision

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.

- Picture by Low Youjin/TODAY SINGAPORE, Nov 15 - Twenty-three passengers sustained minor injuries and had to be taken to nearby hospitals after a collision between two trains at Joo Koon MRT station this morning.

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.

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"SCDF resources are at the scene attending to the injured".

According to Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), injured passengers, numbering at least 23, were brought to Ng Teng Fong Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.

The train, which comprised six carriages, had a full capacity of 1,800 passengers, 156 of whom were injured during the peak-hour collision. A post on SMRT's Facebook page at 2pm said that train services in both directions between Boon Lay and Tuas Link would be suspended for two hours as of 2pm.

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

Several passengers were flung against panels and steel railings inside the train, while others were piled on top of one another. It was then hit by another train when the automatic train protection system failed.

It is not the only fault made by Singapore's MRT system on Wednesday morning that caused train delays and commuter frustration.

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SMRT, the operator, said all trains were running despite the accident but added that passengers might face intermittent delays of 10 to 30 minutes heading towards the Tuas Link station, the last station of the Green Line in the east.

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