23 injured in Singapore MRT train accident

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Two SMRT employees and 23 passengers sustained light to moderate injuries and were sent to two hospitals, SMRT and Singapore's Land Transport Authority said in a statement.

An SMRT train collided with a stationary train near the Joo Koon MRT Station Wednesday morning (15 November), causing injuries to 25 people, including 23 passengers and two SMRT staff members.

This collision between trains is believed to be the first of such accidents in Singapore.

SMRT and LTA added that they are investigating the incident.

In a tweet at 8.25am, SMRT said that a "train fault" happened at Joo Koon station.

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Passengers who posted on social media said that a number of those on the moving train fell when the two trains made contact. A second train stopped behind the faulty train at the station at 0819 AM but moved forward unexpectedly a minute later, coming into contact with the stationary train.

An MRT train collided with a stationary train at Joo Koon MRT station.

About half the injured passengers were taken to the National University Hospital.

Injured passengers were the first to share about the train collision.

Wednesday's collision was the latest knock on Singapore's reputation for slick infrastructure after the city-state witnessed a commuter chaos earlier this year. That incident, a front-to-back collision between two trains at Clementi station on Aug 5, 1993, resulted in 156 injured commuters.

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