25 injured in Singapore MRT train accident

25 injured in Singapore MRT train accident

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.

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.

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 incident is the latest blemish in a city known for its efficiency, tree-lined highways and slick infrastructure.

The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) system forms the major component of the railway system in Singapore, with the network covering 198.6km of route and having 119 stations. 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.

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SMRT was recently troubled by a tunnel flooding incident that occurred in October.

It said a faulty west-bound train had stalled at Joo Koon station on the system's East-West line at 0818 AM. He wrote that the train hit the one in front despite it was moving very slowly and questioned if commuters who are hurt as a result will be compensated for their injuries. The incident caused delays in the East-West route.

The companies have blamed signalling faults for most of the train disruptions and delays in recent years. SMRT chief executive officer Desmond Kuek was spotted at the station around 10.45am but did not address the media at the time.

The densely-populated city-state is highly dependent on public transport.