SMRT train hits stationary train at Joo Koon MRT station; 25 injured

25 injured by collision between two trains at Singapore's Joo Koon station

SMRT train collides with stationary train near Joo Koon MRT station; injuries reported

An SMRT train knocked into a stationary train at the Joo Koon MRT station today, resulting in 23 passengers getting injured, according to the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

Twenty-three passengers and two SMRT staff sustained "light to moderate injuries", and were taken to Ng Teng Fong Hospital and National University Hospital (NUH).

Sports adviser Samuel Ng, 48, who was on a train from Pioneer that pulled into Joo Koon station at around 8.50am, noticed that it had been diverted to the opposite track.

SMRT, the operator, said all trains were running despite the accident but added that passengers might face intermittent delays of 10 to 30 minutes heading towards the Tuas Link station, the last station of the Green Line in the east.

It said a faulty west-bound train had stalled at Joo Koon station on the system's East-West line at 0818 AM.

"At 8.20am, the second train moved forward unexpectedly, and came into contact with the first train", the statement said. "23 injured passengers have already been conveyed to the hospitals, majority sustained minor injuries", said SCDF. The commuters fell on their back because of the collision and she was hurt in the process.

The platform at Joo Koon MRT Station has been partially cordoned off following a collision between two trains. Singapore's mass transit system has been strained as the population burgeoned to more than 5.6 million from under 4 million in less than two decades, leading to multiple breakdowns especially in the past six years.

A photograph posted on the Straits Times website showed 2 trains stopped and in contact but with no major damage apparent.

The accident, which took place at 7.50am, left 156 injured commuters.

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