KUALA LUMPUR (Metro Rail News): More than 200 people have been injured, including 47 suffering serious injuries, as two metro light rail trains collided in a tunnel in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur on Monday.
The accident happened around 8:30 p.m. local time as an empty train collided head-on with another one carrying 232 people on the Kelana Jaya Light Rail Transit (LRT) line at an underground section near the KLCC station outside the Petronas Towers.
The empty train had just been repaired and was travelling on the same track as the full train.
As per officials, the trains were not travelling fast at the time at the accident as one was going at 20 km per hour and the other at 40 km per hour.
They also said there was no sign of foul play and the accident appeared to have been caused by miscommunication.
According to Malaysian Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong, 166 people suffered light injuries while 47 were seriously injured, adding that some of the injured were sent to the hospital.
He further added that the incident was the first of its kind in the LRT’s 23-year history, adding that a special panel will be formed to probe the collision.
Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on social media that the crash was ‘serious’.
“I have instructed the transport minister and (train) operator to conduct an in depth probe to find out the cause of the accident,” he said.