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Traumatising metro train crash in Malaysia: More than 200 people injured!

Traumatising metro train crash in Malaysia: More than 200 people injured

A train packed with 213 passengers collided with an empty train in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Monday, 24th May 2021.

Highlights of the metro train crash in Malaysia

  • Two LRT trains collided on the KLCC to Kelana Jaya route.
  • The crash took place on Monday 24th May at 8:45 PM (1245 GMT)
  • One of the trains was carrying 213 passengers. 
  • The collision caused injuries to 166 people while 47 suffered severe injuries.

On Monday night around 8:45 PM (1245 GMT) the police received a report regarding a train crash on the KLCC to Kelana Jaya and Kelana Jaya to Gombak route, close to the landmark Petronas Twin Towers.

The police said, a train carrying 213 passengers collided with another empty train that was undergoing testing as it was previously spoilt along the Kalana Jaya LRT line near the KLCC station.

The empty train was repaired and was travelling on the same track. It is understood that the accident involved trains number 40 and 81.

The collision was the first major accident in the metro system’s 23 years of operation, said the transport minister Wee Ka Siong.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the prime minister of Malaysia said, the collision is a serious event and a thorough investigation will be conducted by the authorities.

All through the internet and social media platforms pictures and videos of the incident have gone viral showing the injured passengers sprawled on the train floor in shattered glass pieces.

Passengers injured in the crash that occurred in a section of the tunnel about 100 metres away from the KLCC station have been taken to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital and the other nearby hospitals for treatment.

“We are still investing the incident but we suspect that perhaps there was a miscommunication from the trains’ operations control centre”, said Asst Comm Mohamad Zainal Abdullah (Dang Wangi OCPD).

Prime Minister said in a Facebook post late Monday (May 24), “I view this accident seriously and I have ordered the Transport Ministry and Prasarana Malaysia Berhad to conduct thorough investigations to ascertain the cause of the accident. Stern action will be taken immediately”.

“Priority now must be given to victims of the accident and I have ordered all sides to give their full cooperation to ensure that victims get a comprehensive treatment since we are also facing a worsening Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.

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