Over 210 Injured In KLCC LRT Train Collision Accident Last Night
In what was considered as the worst accident in the history of LRT operations, two LRT trains in the Kelana Jaya line were reported to have collided in the tunnel between the KLCC and Kampung Baru LRT Station at around 8.45pm last night. Up to 213 people were injured, with 47 of them being seriously hurt in this unfortunate accident.
According to Dang Wangi police chief Mohamad Zainal Abdullah, both trains were travelling at below 40km/h on the same track when they collided head-on. However, investigations are still ongoing to find out how the accident happened, it’s believed that there may have been a miscommunication.
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The accident involved trains number 240 and 181, said rail operator Prasarana Malaysia Berhad. While one train was carrying passengers, the other was empty and was travelling to Gombak from Kampung Baru LRT station.
After Rapid KL first broke the news about the incident on Twitter last night, netizens were also circulating various photos and videos of injured passengers on the train. Video footages showed shattered glass windows and graphic scenes of passengers bleeding on the floor of the carriages.
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Zainal Abdullah added that all 213 victims in the incident have been taken to the Kuala Lumpur hospital.
Prasarana also announced today that the Kelana Jaya LRT line will resume operations at 6am today. Due to the reduction of passenger capacity during MCO, five double-decker shuttle buses will be provided with a frequency of between 15 to 20 minutes during peak hours, to transport passengers to any LRT station between Pasar Seni and Ampang Park.
The LRT service is expected to be fully restored within three days after the clean-up and repair work is completed.