A fatal head on collision between two LRT trains in Kulala Lumpur’s Kelana Jaya line left over 200 people hurt and 47 injured gravely. The accident was a first in LRT’s 23 year history. As per the police, a miscommunication at the base led the driver of an empty train collide with another driverless train. A high level probe has been ordered to ascertain facts of the matter.
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In a shocking incident, two Light Rail Transit trains collided with each other on the Kuala Lumpur’s Kelana Jaya line, Prasarana Malaysia Bhd said today. The collision, first in the 23-year history of LRTs was head on, police confirmed later. There were no reports of deaths, however, over 200 were hurt, with 47 getting grave injuries. The accident is unusual and shocking by account that LRT trains run on separate tracks. As per Prasarana, the trains number 40 and 81 are involved. Pictures and videos show some people seriously injured in the accident. Going by the police’s, account, the accident took place due to a miscommunication at the base. One of the trains, that carried passengers, was driverless, while the other was empty. The empty train was going towards KLCC from Kampung Baru towards at 8.45pm. A police official said that the driver of one of the trains could not ‘detect’ the other train due to a communication error.
Transport minister Wee Ka Siong said that a dedicated task force would investigate the cause of the accident. “The results of the investigation will be announced within two weeks,” he said.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has also issued the directives for thorough investigation in the matter. “I take this accident seriously and have instructed the transport ministry and Prasarana Malaysia to conduct a full investigation to identify the cause of this accident,” Muhyiddin Yassin said.