23 passengers and two SMRT staff sustained injuries after an SMRT train hit another stationary train near Joo Koon MRT Station on Wednesday morning (Nov 15).
Stomp contributor Azli was one of the passengers in the train which came into contact with the rear end of the stationary train.
According to Azli, who was in the last cabin during the time of the incident, many of the passengers were thrown forward by the impact, including him.
Said Azli: “I was on the train heading to Joo Koon when the train came to a sudden stop, and there was a loud bang.
“All passengers were thrown forward including me.
“I was scratched on my left hand though it’s not that serious.
“What a shock!”
After the incident, an announcement was made over the systems asking for passengers to move forward to the first cabin.
They were then directed to the operator cabin where they alighted the train.
Facebook user Mei Anne was also on the same train during the incident.
She, along with other passengers reportedly fell on their backs.
In a post, Mei Anne said: “So I’m on the train that hit the other one in front!
“And we fell on our backs because of the fall.
A joint statement by SMRT and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) was issued on LTA’s Facebook page which read:
“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.”