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MRT collision at Joo Koon station: A timeline of events

(Source: www.channelnewsasia.com)

SINGAPORE: An SMRT train collided with a stationary train at Joo Koon MRT station on Wednesday (Nov 15) during the morning rush hour. A total of 25 people – 23 passengers and two SMRT staff – have been taken to hospital

The incident led to a delay along the East-West Line – one of two faults which hit Singapore’s train system on Wednesday morning. 

Here’s a timeline of events: 

8.18am: A train heading in the direction of Tuas Link station stalled at Joo Koon station. 

8.19am: A second train stopped behind the first faulty train. A minute later, the second train “moved forward unexpectedly” and collided with the first train. 

8.25am: SMRT advised commuters via Twitter that there will be a 20-minute delay along the East-West Line between Jurong East and Joo Koon stations due to a train fault at Joo Koon station. 

[EWL]: Pls add 20mins train travel time btwn #JurongEast and #JooKoon due to a train fault at #JooKoon. Train svc is available.

— SMRT Corporation (@SMRT_Singapore) November 15, 2017

8.26am: Facebook user Mei Anne said she was on a train that collided with the stationary one, and was hurt in the incident. 

8.33am: SCDF said it was alerted to an incident near Joo Koon MRT station.

8.37am: SMRT revised its announcement, informing commuters travelling between Jurong East and Tuas Link stations that their commute will be extended by 30 minutes.

9.26am: The train operator said the 30-minute delay affected commuters travelling between Queenstown and Tuas Link stations. 

[EWL] UPDATE: Due to a train fault, please add 30mins train travel time between #Queenstown and #TuasLink. Free regular bus services are available between #JurongEast and #TuasLink.

— SMRT Corporation (@SMRT_Singapore) November 15, 2017

9.58am: Passengers travelling between Jurong East and Tuas Link stations can expect a 15-minute delay, said SMRT. 

10.31am: In another update on Twitter, SMRT asked those travelling between Boon Lay and Tuas Link stations to expect an extra 10 minutes during their commute. 

[EWL] UPDATE: Please add 10 mins train travel time between #BoonLay and #TuasLink. Free regular bus services are still available between #JurongEast and #TuasLink.

— SMRT Corporation (@SMRT_Singapore) November 15, 2017

10.42am: SCDF issued a statement on Facebook, saying 23 passengers have been taken to hospital – most of them with minor injuries.

11.05am: The platform for trains travelling towards Tuas Link was partially cordoned off.

11.12am: SMRT and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) issued a joint statement confirming the incident, saying they are investigating. They added that 23 passengers and 2 SMRT staff sustained “light to moderate” injuries and were taken to Ng Teng Fong Hospital, as well as National University Hospital. 

Noon: The trains were still on the platform. Train services were slow as the platform for trains travelling towards Tuas Link was cordoned off. 

12.29pm: More than 15 SMRT staff wearing bright orange vests were seen on the platform near the affected trains. 

SMRT staff members at Joo Koon MRT station. (Photo: Aqil Haziq Mahmud) 

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