The incident involves trains number 40 and 81.
KUALA LUMPUR: At least 166 people were hurt including 47 with serious injuries when two LRT Kelana Jaya Line trains collided near the KLCC station tonight, according to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong.null
In a press conference at the station, he said the 8.33pm collision involved one train carrying passengers and another vacant train on a test run.
Wee confirmed that there were 232 on board the occupied train at the time of the crash.null
“Forty-seven people sustained serious injuries and another 166 suffered minor injuries,” the minister said
“The 47 who were seriously wounded have been sent to the hospital.”
Ambulance and medical personnel were on scene to treat those with less severe injuries, Wee added.
Earlier tonight, pictures and videos began circulating on social media depicting bloodied and crying riders in the moments after the mishap.
Dang Wangi district police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohamad Zainal Abdullah said preliminary investigations showed that the carriage that was being tested was not supposed to have been on the live track.
“There could have been some miscommunication at the control centre but the train on the track coming from Kampung Baru should not have been on the same track, but there needs to be further investigations to establish the real reason.
“The train being tested was a damaged carriage and should have been using another track,” he said when met at the scene.
Mohamad Zainal said the train that was being tested had a driver, while the carriage laden with passengers was being controlled autonomously by the LRT navigation systems.
He explained that the collision took place approximately 100 meters from the KLCC station on its way to the Kampung Baru stop about two kilometres away in the underground tunnel.
A Fire and Rescue Department official on site said all injured passengers had been safely evacuated from the scene at around 9.50pm and given immediate medical attention.
Earlier as reported two LRT trains along the Kelana Jaya line were involved in a collision tonight along the underground track at KLCC.
It is understood that Train 40, ferrying passengers from the Ampang Station, had collided with an empty train, Train 81, causing passengers to be thrown off their feet.
Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa, via his Twitter feed, said he was made to understand that several people were injured.
“The collision took place at the underground LRT track in KLCC. I was made to understand that there were several passengers injured,” he said.
Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (Prasarana) media affairs head Azhar Ghazali said emergency efforts are underway.
“We regret to inform that the LRT Kelana Jaya Line is experiencing an incident, specifically train numbers 40 and 81.
“All injured passengers have been evacuated to the platform. Our priority is to get all our passengers to safety,” he said in a statement tonight.
Azhar said alternative transport arrangements will be provided.
The company, he said, is working as quickly as possible to extend aid and rectify the situation.
Passengers on the train had earlier shared on social media videos and images of the situation. One of the photos showed a person who appeared to be bleeding and sprawled on the floor.
Some also shared pictures of the train’s shattered glass panels, caused by the collision.
Source : NST / MALAY MAIL