Malaysia train accident: Two metro trains collide in a tunnel; 200 injured

Malaysia reports a major train accident in a tunnel in it’s capital. More than 200 passengers were injured in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on Monday after the two metro trains collided in a tunnel.

The accident took place just before 9:00 pm, when a packed train collided with a second. Luckily, the second was empty which was heading in the opposite direction. Pictures circulating on social media showed injured passengers sprawled on the floor of a carriage, which was covered in glass. After the news of collision, immediate rescue operation was started. Injured people were rush to hospitals on stretchers for getting treated by emergency services. The accident happened in downtown Kuala Lumpur close to the landmark Petronas Twin Towers. Around 47 people suffered serious injuries and 166 had minor injuries in the accident, said police official Mohamad Zainal Abdullah. The empty train had just been repaired and was travelling on the same track as the full train. The trains were not travelling fast at the time at the accident, one was going at 20 kilometres per hour while the other at 40 kilometres per hour, officials said. The police official added, “The front of the trains collided, and the impact threw passengers on to the floor, this caused the injuries.”

The investigation suggests that no sign of foul play and the accident appeared to have been caused by miscommunication. Commenting over the last night incident, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Facebook that “the crash was serious. I have instructed the transport minister and operator… to conduct an in-depth probe to find out the cause of the accident.”

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