Singapore Train Collision Updates: 25 People Injured in MRT Train Collision

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A Singapore Mass Rapid Transit Cooperation (SMRT Cooperation) train of the East-West line collided with a stationary train at Joo Koon MRT station on Wednesday morning at around 8:00 a.m. local time, causing at least 23 people injured, local media reported.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA), in a statement yesterday, said that after suspending service on the Tuas West Extension (TWE), French firm Thales found that both the new communications-based train control system on the TWE and the old fixed-block signalling system used on the rest of the East-West Line were safe for operation.

From 25, 28 and 29, the total number of injured has jumped to 36 after seven more individuals sought treatment at National University Hospital (NUH) and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital following the train collision at Joo Koon station yesterday.

As a result of the incident, as many as 23 passengers and two SMRT staff suffered minor to moderate injuries.

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

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.

Thales, LTA and SMRT Corporation are investigating the incident.

They also said that there were five new walk-in cases at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and the hospital received one new case conveyed by an ambulance and the patient is now being treated.

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"This morning at 8.18am, a train heading in the direction of Tuas Link Station stalled at Joo Koon Station".

However, its services for other routes were not affected.

"I went up to him and apparently he had hit his head and had a back injury". Other passengers asked SMRT staff to open the doors of the first coach to allow them to exit to the platform. "The driver said on the speaker system that help was on the way", said Ong.

"When it started to come close to Joo Koon Circle, we all heard a loud bang and everyone who was standing fell to the ground", said the 43-year-old manager. The accident injured 156 commuters.

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"All passengers were thrown forward including me".

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