Singapore train collision leaves 25 injured

25 injured in Singapore MRT train accident

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 SMRT train collision on Wednesday morning, which saw 25 passengers injured, was the second such incident in the MRT's 30 year history.

About a minute later, a second train stopped behind the first train but soon after moved forward unexpectedly and "came into contact with the first train".

Two employees of SMRT Corp. and 23 passengers sustained light to moderate injuries and were sent to two hospitals, the line's operator SMRT and Singapore's Land Transport Authority said in a statement.

Earlier, the Singapore Civil Defense Force said in a Twitter post that it had been alerted to an incident at the station at 8:33 a.m.

Eight were warded in hospital for head injuries, spinal injuries, a fractured arm and other injuries, while others received outpatient treatment for minor bruises, shock and sprains.

SMRT and LTA are investigating the incident.

The worst glitches occurred in December 2011, delaying more than 200,000 people in the last weekend before the Christmas holiday, and led to the resignation of SMRT's chief executive officer at the time.

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

Commuters alighting at Joo Koon station were also asked by SMRT staff not to take photos of the accident scene.

"This is to facilitate the recovery of the two trains involved in this morning's incident at Joo Koon MRT station".

As at 1 pm, free bus services were being provided at regular intervals between the Tuas Link station and the Jurong East station where the Green line meets the North-South Line or the Red Line.

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