Wisma Putra confirms 6 Malaysians injured in Singapore's train collision

Singapore train collision leaves 25 injured

From 25, 28 and 29, the total number of injured has jumped to 36 after seven more individuals sought treatment at National University Hospital (NUH) and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital following the train collision at Joo Koon station yesterday. Another patient joined the others at Ng Teng Fong after he was conveyed there via ambulance. "Given this finding, the Land Transport Authority and (train operator) SMRT have made a decision to isolate for up to one month the operations of the Tuas West Extension, which runs on the new signalling system, from the rest of the East-West Line, which runs on the old signalling system".

Thales, LTA and SMRT Corporation are investigating the incident.

Commuter Eddy Ong, who was on the train when the incident occurred, told TODAY that the train was "travelling at (a) very slow speed" after PioneerT station. "There's also a technical bit here and we must be clear about responsibilities".

As at 1 pm, free bus services were being provided at regular intervals between the Tuas Link station and the Jurong East station where the Green line meets the North-South Line or the Red Line.

The train then arrived at Joo Koon station without the feature. 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.

He sustained minor abrasions on his left knee and arm.

He said many passengers lost their balance and fell on the floor.

"I hope they can solve this problem before the one month and bring (service) back onstream", he said.

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"I've experienced sudden stops before on the MRT, but this time it was really bad", Robu told Singapore's The Straits Times.

Robu said the train remained at the same position for 20 minutes.

The incident took place at about 8.20am.

Robu said that the SMRT staff later instructed passengers to evacuate from the driver's coach and all of them did so one at a time.

Following the incident, SMRT shut down services between Boon Lay and Tuas Link stations for a few hours to "facilitate the recovery" of the two trains. Commuters were inconvenienced, and some even injured.

Some passengers hit themselves against the railing in the train cabins while Ong himself was injured.

Passengers were thrown by the impact, with several suffering knocks, fractures and bruises. "The driver said on the speaker system that help was on the way", said Ong.

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