25 injured as SMRT trains collide at Joo Koon MRT Station


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. "23 injured passengers have already been conveyed to the hospitals, majority sustained minor injuries", said SCDF.

SMRT was recently troubled by a tunnel flooding incident happened in October.

The incident caused delays on the East-West Line.

A minute later, a second train stopped behind the first faulty train, the statement added.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the incident at 8.33am.

The collision comes as the country grapples with recent service disruptions on its mass rapid transit system, including a partial suspension of services during an October weekend due to flooding in a tunnel following heavy rains.

About half the injured passengers were taken to the National University Hospital.

Another eight sustained minor injuries and were assessed to be under the P3 category, which includes sprains and minor head injuries. Facebook user Mei Anne said she and fellow passengers fell on their backs, and that she was in pain.

A platform at Joo Koon MRT station was cordoned off with police tape following the incident. When The Straits Times visited the station, more than 50 personnel were seen at the site at around 11.35am, but it was unclear what work was being done.

Wednesday's collision was the latest knock on Singapore's reputation for slick infrastructure after the city-state witnessed a commuter chaos earlier this year.