SMRT trains collide at Joo Koon station, 25 injured

Members of the civil defence force stand at the scene following a train collision in Singapore. REUTERS

Members of the civil defence force stand at the scene following a train collision in Singapore. REUTERS

SMRT train travels along a track in a neighbourhood in Singapore.

23 passengers and two SMRT staff sustained injuries after an SMRT train hit another stationary train near Joo Koon MRT Station on Wednesday morning (Nov 15).

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

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. 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.

Staff from SMRT speak to a passenger at the Joo Koon train station where two trains collided in Singapore. AFP
Staff from SMRT speak to a passenger at the Joo Koon train station where two trains collided in Singapore. AFP

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.

According to Xinhua, citing the information sourced from information from the Civil Defense Force that 23 injured passengers were sent to the hospital, the majority suffered minor injuries.

Singapore's mass transit system has been strained as the population expanded, leading to multiple breakdowns and delays especially in the past six years, symptomatic of a learning curve the city faces as it upgrades infrastructure rapidly to cope with more people. SMRT chief executive officer Desmond Kuek was spotted at the station around 10.45am but did not address the media at the time.

That incident, a front-to-back collision between two trains at Clementi station on August 5, 1993, resulted in 156 injured commuters. Subsequently, Lui Tuck Yew, the former transport minister who oversaw an expansion of the public-transportation network, left politics.

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