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LTA updates: 28 injured in train collision at Joo Koon station today
15 November 2017, 01:44 | Erica Roy
SMRT trains collide at Joo Koon station, 25 injured
SMRT Corporation, the operator of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) in Singapore, and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) are investigating a train accident today at the Joo Koon station.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force said they were alerted to the incident at 8.33am and had sent 23 injured passengers to hospitals.
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.
Several passengers were flung against panels and steel railings inside the train, while others were piled on top of one another.
"A young lady fell on me, and my left knee hit the train floor hard". Six members and other seven managerial staff of SMRT's Building and Facilities Maintenance group were found responsible for the maintenance of the pump system, which was related to the incident, according to local media. At 8.20am, the second train moved forward unexpectedly, and came into contact with the first train.
There are five stops to the Tuas Link station from the Joo Koon station.
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.
Associate Professor Lawrence Loh, an expert on corporate governance at the National University of Singapore Business School, said the collision gave a "whole new dimension" to the train problem.
"This is to facilitate the recovery of the two trains involved in this morning's incident at Joo Koon MRT station". 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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