SINGAPORE, Nov 15 — The prepare collision at Joo Koon MRT station this morning is the second such incident in Singapore’s transport historical past.
The first incident occurred on August 5, 1993, when a front-to-back collision occurred between two trains at Clementi MRT station at 7.50am, injuring 156 commuters.
At that point, a Jurong East-bound prepare had stopped on the station for 2 minutes longer than scheduled on account of a technical fault, and it was hit by one other prepare.
The crash brought on many commuters within the crowded prepare carriages to be flung towards panels and metal railings.
Eight had been warded in hospital for head accidents, spinal accidents, a fractured arm and different accidents, whereas others acquired outpatient therapy for minor bruises, shock and sprains.
In this morning’s prepare collision at Joo Koon MRT station, 23 passengers and two SMRT employees sustained gentle to average accidents.
SMRT mentioned a prepare heading within the course of Tuas Link Station stalled at Joo Koon Station at eight.18am. A minute later, a second prepare stopped behind the defective prepare however moved ahead unexpectedly, bumping into the primary prepare.
A joint assertion from the Land Transport Authority and SMRT at round 11.10am didn’t say what the reason for the collision was. Investigations are ongoing.
In the 1993 incident, an impartial panel of inquiry comprising members from the Public Works Department, Temasek Polytechnic, and Mass Rapid Transit Corporation was arrange a few week later to research the matter.
The panel reported two months later that oil spillage from a locomotive finishing up upkeep works that very same morning had led to the collision.
A broken rubber ring had damaged and brought on 50 litres of oil to drip onto the tracks from the locomotive within the pre-dawn hours on the day of the incident.
The panel discovered that employees didn’t act “sufficiently aggressively or promptly” to cope with the spill.
While the cleansing crew was alerted to the oil spill, neither the SMRT Operations Control Centre, nor the crew realised the seriousness of the scenario regardless that 10 trains utilizing the tracks earlier than the accident had skilled braking difficulties.
The 11th prepare concerned within the collision at Clementi station had used its emergency brakes to cease at Clementi, however was barely delayed as air strain in its brakes wanted one to 2 minutes to recharge earlier than transferring off.
An automated braking system was activated to cease the 12th prepare coming into the station, however the oil spill prevented it from stopping in time, leading to a collision.
No employees had been discovered to be negligent of their duties, and the panel really helpful for upkeep locomotives to be checked for oil leaks once they return to the depots.
The SMRT additionally required station masters to examine the platform tracks for oil.
The SMRT acquired over 150 claims for compensation which had been filed personally and thru their compensation hotline arrange a day after the accident.
The majority of the claims had been for medical bills, whereas the remainder had been for broken objects.
Separately, in 2000, the Singapore Light Rapid Transit (LRT) was fined S$100,000 (RM307,780) by the Land Transport Authority for the collision of two LRT trains at Phoenix Station that brought on accidents to a few folks.
The effective was the primary then to be imposed on any prepare operator right here, and LTA mentioned that Singapore LRT had breached a strict efficiency customary that demanded that the operator not trigger any collisions. — TODAY