KUALA LUMPUR: A train under manual control that was undergoing testing was involved in a head-on collision with another containing 213 passengers along the LRT Kelana Jaya line between the KLCC and Kampung Baru stations on Monday (May 24).
Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Zainal Abdullah said the incident occurred at around 8.45pm on Monday.
“A total of 166 people suffered minor injuries while 47 suffered severe injuries in the incident.
“The driver from the train that was being tested was also injured in the incident.
“All the injured victims were taken to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital and other nearby hospitals for medical treatment,” he told reporters at the scene.
He said the train carrying 213 passengers was headed from Gombak toward Kampung Baru.
“The other train was undergoing a test drive when the collision occurred.
“The train that was being tested should not have been on the same track with the train that was travelling from Gombak,” he said adding that the case was being investigated under Section 201 of the Land Public Transportation Act 2010.
City Fire and Rescue Department director Nordin Pauzi said the incident occurred between the Kampung Baru and KLCC stations.
“Due to the fact that incident occurred underground, rescue operations were challenging as we had to go through tight spaces to evacuate all the victims.
“We also had to exercise extra caution because we were dealing with electrified lines,” he said.