Singapore mass rapid transit trains collide, 23 injured

Collision between two trains at Joo Koon station causes 25 or more to be injured

PHOTOS: Joo Koon MRT Station after train collision

A Singapore train collided with a stationary one, injuring 25 people and dealing another blow to a network that has faced public criticism in recent years for frequent breakdowns.

- Picture by Low Youjin/TODAY SINGAPORE, Nov 15 - Twenty-three passengers sustained minor injuries and had to be taken to nearby hospitals after a collision between two trains at Joo Koon MRT station this morning.

As a result, 23 passengers and two SMRT staff members received slight to moderate injuries as they were admitted to the National University Hospital and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said they were alerted to the incident at 8.33am and had sent 23 injured passengers to hospitals. It then "moved forward unexpectedly, and came into contact with the first train", the statement said.

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Singapore's first train collision occurred August 5, 1993, when an east-bound train stopped longer than scheduled at a station due to a technical fault and was then hit by another train, according to the National Library Board's resources. Both LTA and SMRT are investigating the incident, it said. It is one of the world's most expensive places to own a vehicle and recently announced that it will not allow any net growth in its auto population from February next year.

"The impact was very big... and everybody flew", state broadcaster Channel NewsAsia quoted a female passenger as saying.

"I was scratched on my left hand though it's not that serious".

In the latest incident, injured passengers suffered sprains, limb fractures and join dislocation. "Thus it is really time to take a fundamental relook at our public transportation system".

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