An SMRT train collided with a stationary train at Joo Koon MRT Station during the morning peak hours on Wednesday (Nov 15).
Stomp contributor Ganeshan, who usually alights at Joo Koon station to transit to a train travelling to Tuas Link, told Stomp in a phone interview that he had witnessed the incident.
He said: “I alighted at Joo Koon station at around 7.45am. Not all the trains go to Tuas Link, so usually I will have to switch between trains.
“After I alighted, another train crashed into the back of the train which I was on.
“There was a loud bang, and some commuters even screamed. I was shocked.
“I saw the second train coming in from a distance, but I thought it was going to slow down.”
Ganeshan went closer to take a look and quickly took some photos which he sent to Stomp, before going off to work at 9.05am.
Facebook user Az Dwie also posted a video on the incident.
In his accompanying caption, Dwie wrote:
“Train accident at Joo Koon.. all passenger walking to front cabin.”
According to a Facebook post by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) at 10.45am, 23 passengers were injured during the incident and were conveyed to hospitals.
A tweet from rail operator SMRT at around 10am read:
“[EWL] UPDATE: Please add 15 mins train travel time between #JurongEast and #TuasLink. Free regular bus services are still available between #JurongEast and #TuasLink.”
A joint statement by SMRT and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) was issued on LTA’s Facebook page.
“This morning at 8.18am, a train heading in the direction of Tuas Link Station stalled at Joo Koon Station.
“At 8.19am, a second train stopped behind the first faulty train. At 8.20am, the second train moved forward unexpectedly, and came into contact with the first train.
“23 passengers and 2 SMRT staff sustained light to moderate injuries, and have been conveyed to Ng Teng Fong Hospital and National University Hospital.
“SMRT and LTA are investigating the incident.”
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