Malaysians involved in Joo Koon MRT train collision

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A Singapore Mass Rapid Transit Cooperation (SMRT Cooperation) train of the East-West line collided with a stationary train at Joo Koon MRT station on Wednesday morning at around 8:00 a.m. local time, causing at least 23 people injured, local media reported.

The Joo Koon station is on the East-West Line, popularly referred to as the Green line, and has 35 stations between the Tuas Link and Changi Airport.

They later said 26 passengers and two SMRT employees had been sent to nearby hospitals with "light to moderate injuries", adding that most of the victims were discharged after treatment.

The collision had occurred when a train passed a faulty circuit as it was transitioning between the two signalling systems.

"At 8.20am, after detrainment, the first train's doors closed and before this train could move off, the second train, activated by the signalling system, moved towards the first train and hit it", he said.

Bridging bus services between Joo Koon station and Tuas Link station will also be provided until Sunday evening.

He sustained minor abrasions on his left knee and arm.

An independent inquiry panel had later found that the accident was caused by a 50l oil spill from a maintenance locomotive which had been doing maintenance hours along the MRT track before the collision. "All of a sudden, we were thrown off our feet", he said.

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He said he saw another passenger in his 30s who was lying on the floor even when passengers around him stood up.

Robu said the train remained at the same position for 20 minutes. SMRT Corporation has took to Twitter about the incident.

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.

"And we fell on our backs because of the fall".

He said that the Joo Koon to Tuas Link route of the MRT would be temporarily suspended today (Nov 16) as checks were being done by Thales.

Some passengers hit themselves against the railing in the train cabins while Ong himself was injured. The accident injured 156 commuters.

Passengers were thrown by the impact, with several suffering knocks, fractures and bruises.

"The (driver) has 1.5 years of driving experience on the main line, so (he) is not considered inexperienced", he said.