Hundreds injured after trains collide in Kuala Lumpur
Road Mishap

Hundreds injured after trains collide in Kuala Lumpur

May 26, 2021, 5:50 AM
Monica Otayza

Monica Otayza

Writer

A “miscommunication” between operators of two passenger trains is being looked at as the cause of a collision in Kuala Lumpur that left hundreds injured.

MORE than 200 people were injured in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur after two trains collided with one another near the city’s busiest station Tuesday (May 25).

No signs of foul play were discovered by investigators, but a probe is still underway.

A commuter train, carrying 213 passengers, collided with an empty one in a tunnel near the world-famous Petronas Towers.

The empty train just completed repairs and was going the opposite way on the same track.

Although authorities continue to investigate the incident, they suspect that there was most likely a miscommunication from the operation control center of the trains.

Forty-seven were seriously injured, while 166 others suffered minor injuries.

After the incident, images and videos circulated on social media showing passengers bleeding while lying on the floor of a train carriage, which was covered with shattered glass window pieces.

In a statement he shared on Facebook, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said that the crash that happened was “serious,” and it was alarming because it happened near the city’s busy KLCC station.

He urged the train operator and the country’s transport minister to conduct an in-depth investigation to find out the root cause of the accident.

In a separate statement, Transport minister Wee Ka Siong admitted that it was the first major accident that occurred in the metro system in the 23 years that it had been running.

Tags: #Malaysia, #KualaLumpur, #trainaccident


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