The accident occurred near a station under the landmark Petronas Twin Towers: one of the busiest on the network. The affected line resumed service early Tuesday
Injured passengers lying on stretchers in front of the KLCC train station after an accident involving two LRT (Light Rail Transit) trains in Kuala Lumpur. STR / AFP
Kuala Lumpur: The Malaysian authorities investigated a collision between subway trains in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday that injured more than 200 people when dramatic reports of the crash surfaced.
A packed train collided with another that was empty and drove in the opposite direction in an underground tunnel near the landmark Petronas Twin Towers around 8:45 p.m. on Monday.
Passengers were beaten and injured after being run over the wagons in the crash had been thrown, with many evacuated on stretchers. Most suffered minor injuries, but 64 were hospitalized and six were in critical condition on Tuesday, authorities said. One passenger, Lim Mahfudz, described the moment the trains collided.
« This resulted in all seated passengers being thrown … and standing passengers being thrown, » he wrote on Twitter, adding that People were injured when glass flew around the car. It was « a real nightmare, » he said.
« The impact was so severe that I suffered injuries to my head, left leg and chest, » another passenger, Afiq Luqman Mohd Baharudin, told the official Bernama News Agency .
Shocked passengers had to be evacuated from the tunnel by rescue workers and brought to the surface. The empty train had a driver at the controls and was being tested for repairs, authorities said while the full train was on autopilot.
Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong said preliminary investigations indicated that human error was to be blamed and that the driver had driven the empty train in the wrong direction. « This caused the (frontal) collision, » he said.
The accident occurred near a station under the Twin Towers: one of the busiest on the network. The affected line resumed service early Tuesday.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has described the crash as « serious » and called on the authorities and the train operator to « conduct an in-depth investigation ». The accident was the worst in the subway system since it went into operation about 25 years ago, although there were fewer serious incidents.
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