Software problem caused train collision at Singapore's Joo Koon station

17 November, 2017, 00:48 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Collision at Singapore‚Äôs Joo Koon MRT station leaves 25 injured

Preliminary findings have shown that a train was run inadvertently without a software protection feature, resulting in a collision at the Joo Koon station of East West Line this morning, says Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA).

The injured, which comprised 27 passengers and the two SMRT staff, were taken to the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and the National University Hospital.

SMRT and LTA have also stated that they stopped train services between Joo Koon and Tuas Link to facilitate investigations on Thursday as a precaution.

Wednesday's collision occured because of a software problem which resulted when the faulty train was transitioning between the two signalling systems.

In explaining what occurred prior to the collision, Chua said the first train stopped and detrained passengers at the Joo Koon station at 8.18am yesterday due to an anomaly in the train signalling system.

Most of the injuries were related to knocks, falls and bruises, with one passenger suffering a broken tooth and another having fainted.

"I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary, the train was pulling into the station really, really slowly". SMRT chief executive officer Desmond Kuek was spotted at the station around 10.45am but did not address the media at the time.


[LTA - SMRT Joint Statement] This morning at 8.18am, a train heading in the direction of Tuas Link Station stalled at.

"At 8.20am, after detrainment, the first train's doors closed and before this train could move off, the second train, activated by the signalling system, moved towards the first train and hit it", he said.

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

After three hours, the SMRT reported that the fault had been cleared but trains and stations on the Circle Line were crowded. "We are doing all we can to restore services safely and expeditiously", the post said, adding that free bus and bridging bus services would be available between Boon Lay and Tuas Link. "The driver said on the speaker system that help was on the way", said Ong.

The remaining 11 sustained minor injuries of sprains and minor head injuries. Commuters were inconvenienced, and some even injured.

He said many passengers lost their balance and fell on the floor.

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