Greater than 200 folks have been injured in Malaysia’s largest metropolis, Kuala Lumpur, on Monday when a prepare filled with passengers collided head-on in a tunnel with one other prepare on a take a look at run, the authorities stated.
A preliminary investigation indicated that the collision occurred as a result of the driving force working the take a look at was going the improper path, Malaysia’s transportation minister, Wee Ka Siong, told reporters on Tuesday afternoon.
The trains have been touring at speeds of 12 to 25 miles an hour once they crashed on Monday night. The authorities stated all 213 passengers have been damage, together with 47 who suffered severe accidents. No fatalities have been reported.
Hours after the crash, Malaysia’s prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, referred to as for a “full investigation” in a put up on his Facebook page. “I take this accident significantly,” he stated.
Images and movies of the scene posted on social media confirmed injured passengers mendacity on the ground of the prepare and others mendacity on stretchers outdoors as paramedics handled them and put them in ambulances. Many different passengers sat close by. A number of had their heads wrapped in bandages.
Mr. Wee, the transportation minister, stated that the accident was the primary head-on collision within the 23-year historical past of town’s Gentle Rail Transit system.
The trains are automated and sometimes function with out a driver. However the prepare that was on a take a look at run, recognized as TR40, was below the management of a driver, the one individual aboard.
“Preliminary investigations point out that the accident was the results of carelessness of the hostler who drove TR40 within the improper path,” stated Mr. Wee, referring to the driving force.
The authorities stated earlier within the day that they’d examine whether or not there was a mistake made on the gentle rail command heart.
“We’re nonetheless investigating the incident,” Mohamad Zainal Abdullah, the police chief of the district the place the collision occurred, informed reporters, “however we suspect that maybe there was a miscommunication from the trains’ operation management heart.”
The accident occurred close to Kuala Lumpur Metropolis Heart, an upscale space full of outlets and eating places, and the Petronas Towers, town’s best-known landmark and at one level the world’s tallest constructing. The dual towers, town heart advanced and the sunshine rail system have been key parts of Kuala Lumpur’s modernization within the late Nineties below the previous prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad.
The trains started working once more on Tuesday morning.
One injured passenger, Afiq Luqman Mohd Baharudin, 27, stated the affect threw many passengers to the ground. The prepare had stopped for about quarter-hour and had simply begun transferring once more when the collision occurred, he told the government media outlet, Bernama.
“We had solely moved for a couple of seconds when the crash occurred, and the affect was so sturdy that I suffered accidents to my head, left leg and chest,” he stated.
Mr. Wee informed Channel News Asia that he would create a process pressure to research the crash and anticipated a preliminary report in two weeks.
“That is one thing that’s out of the strange and it isn’t alleged to occur,” he stated. “Is it signaling, or system, or issues, or human error? A particular process pressure can be shaped and its goal is to find out the precise reason for the collision.”