SINGAPORE: A total of 25 people were taken to hospital on Wednesday (Nov 15) morning after an SMRT train collided with a stationary train at Joo Koon MRT station.
Twenty-three passengers and two SMRT staff sustained “light to moderate injuries”, and were taken to Ng Teng Fong Hospital and National University Hospital, SMRT and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a joint statement issued at 11.12am on Wednesday.
At 8.18am, a train heading in the direction of Tuas Link Station stalled at Joo Koon station and a minute later, a second train stopped behind the first faulty train, the statement added.
“At 8.20am, the second train moved forward unexpectedly, and came into contact with the first train,” the statement said.
SMRT and LTA said they are investigating the incident.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the incident at 8.33am. A total of 23 people were sent to hospital, most with minor injuries, SCDF said.
Facebook user Mei Anne wrote that she was a passenger on one of the trains, and hurt her back as a result of the collision.
A platform at Joo Koon MRT station has been cordoned off following the incident, according to videos sent to Channel NewsAsia.
The incident happened on the same morning that both the East-West Line and Circle Line were affected by delays during the morning rush hour.
In a tweet at 8.25am, SMRT said that a “train fault” happened at Joo Koon station.