SMRT suspends train service between Joo Koon and Tuas Link stations

The last time that Singapore MRT trains collided was in Aug 5, 1993 when two trains at the Clementi station collided and injured 156 commuters.

SMRT group chief executive Desmond Kuek was seen at the Joo Koon station yesterday morning after the collision, as well as at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. Another patient joined the others at Ng Teng Fong after he was conveyed there via ambulance.

In its latest update, LTA said the findings were that the first train departed Ulu Pandan Depot with the software protection feature, but the feature was inadvertently removed when the first train passed by a faulty signalling circuit.

As a precaution, SMRT and LTA stopped train services between Joo Koon and Tuas Link yesterday to facilitate investigations.

This means trains will not travel between Joo Koon and Gul Circle stations. "There's also a technical bit here and we must be clear about responsibilities".

Thales is providing the new signalling system which is already fully operational on the North-South Line and allows for trains to run at shorter intervals.

SMRT, the affected line's operator, said in a tweet that free regular and bridging bus services are available between the two stations all day. 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.

The remaining 11 sustained minor injuries of sprains and minor head injuries.

"A while later, as I was in the first cabin, we heard some passengers knocking on the driver's door to tell the driver (that) there was someone injured".

In a post, Mei Anne said: "So I'm on the train that hit the other one in front!"

He said most of the passengers including him were thrown to the floor but he was unhurt.

"A young lady fell on me, and my left knee hit the train floor hard".

Trains continued to run in both directions on the unaffected side of the station platform, with SMRT announcing that commuters should expect 10 minutes of extra travelling time between Joo Koon and Tuas Link stations.

"The (driver) has 1.5 years of driving experience on the main line, so (he) is not considered inexperienced", he said. Commuters were inconvenienced, and some even injured.

  • Rogelio Becker