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SMRT should cover all medical expenses in collision: Workers’ Party


SINGAPORE: The Workers’ Party (WP) said it was “disturbed to learn about the MRT train collision” that occurred on Wednesday (Nov 15) morning that left 28 people injured, calling on SMRT to cover all medical expenses resulting from the incident.  

Twenty-eight people were injured after an SMRT train collided with a stationary train at Joo Koon station at 8.20am on Wednesday morning.

“We call on SMRT to render all necessary support to them, and ensure that the company covers all their medical expenses resulting from this incident, including any long-term treatment costs,” WP said in a statement.

It added that the collision suggests a failure of the systems that ought to prevent such an event, which should have several levels of checks. 

They also called on the Land Transport Authority to work with SMRT to “undertake an exhaustive root cause analysis” and “make the necessary system improvements to minimise the risk of such an accident recurring”.

“Millions of Singaporeans depend on the MRT for their daily commute. They should not have to worry about their safety when they travel to and from home, work, or school,” it added. 

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

In a joint statement issued at 11.12am, SMRT and LTA said a train heading in the direction of Tuas Link station stalled at Joo Koon station at 8.18am.

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

“At 8.20am, the second train moved forward unexpectedly, and came into contact with the first train,” the statement said.

SMRT and LTA are investigating the incident.

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