Greater than 200 folks have been injured in Malaysia’s largest metropolis, Kuala Lumpur, on Monday when a practice stuffed with passengers collided head-on in a tunnel with one other practice on a check run, the authorities stated.
The trains have been touring at speeds of 12 to 25 miles an hour once they crashed on Monday night. The authorities stated all 213 passengers have been harm, together with 47 who suffered critical accidents. No fatalities have been reported.
Hours after the crash, Malaysia’s prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, referred to as for a “full investigation” in a put up on his Fb web page. “I take this accident critically,” he stated.
Images and movies of the scene posted on social media confirmed injured passengers mendacity on the ground of the practice and others mendacity on stretchers exterior as paramedics handled them and put them in ambulances. Many different passengers sat close by. A number of had their heads wrapped in bandages.
Malaysia’s transportation minister, Wee Ka Siong, advised reporters that the accident was the primary head-on collision within the 23-year historical past of town’s Mild Rail Transit system.
The trains are automated and sometimes function with no driver. However the practice that was on a check run was underneath the management of a driver, the one particular person aboard.
The authorities stated they’d examine whether or not there was a mistake made on the gentle rail command heart.
“We’re nonetheless investigating the incident,” Mohamad Zainal Abdullah, the police chief of the district the place the collision occurred, advised reporters, “however we suspect that maybe there was a miscommunication from the trains’ operation management heart.”
The accident occurred close to Kuala Lumpur Metropolis Middle, an upscale space stuffed with retailers and eating places, and the Petronas Towers, town’s best-known landmark and at one level the world’s tallest constructing. The dual towers, town heart advanced and the sunshine rail system have been key components of Kuala Lumpur’s modernization within the late Nineteen Nineties underneath the previous prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad.
The trains started working once more on Tuesday morning.
One injured passenger, Afiq Luqman Mohd Baharudin, 27, stated the influence threw many passengers to the ground. The practice had stopped for about quarter-hour and had simply begun transferring once more when the collision occurred, he advised the federal government media outlet, Bernama.
“We had solely moved for a couple of seconds when the crash occurred, and the influence was so robust that I suffered accidents to my head, left leg and chest,” he stated.
Mr. Wee, the transportation minister, advised Channel Information Asia that he would create a process pressure to research the crash and anticipated a preliminary report in two weeks.
“That is one thing that’s out of the unusual and it’s not alleged to occur,” he stated. “Is it signaling, or system, or issues, or human error? A particular process pressure can be shaped and its goal is to find out the precise reason for the collision.”