Rescuers faced uphill task to retrieve passengers

KUALA LUMPUR: Operations to evacuate victims of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) train collision was a challenging endeavour for rescuers.

Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department director Nordin Pauzi said the accident occurred in the middle of a narrow tunnel, making it difficult for the rescue team to retrieve victims.

Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department director Nordin Pauzi said the accident occurred in the middle of a narrow tunnel, making it difficult for the rescue team to retrieve victims. - NSTP/ASWADI ALIS.
Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department director Nordin Pauzi said the accident occurred in the middle of a narrow tunnel, making it difficult for the rescue team to retrieve victims. – NSTP/ASWADI ALIS.

“Some of the victims managed to walk out of the train by themselves after the collision led to the train doors opening automatically.

“Once we retrieved the victims, we had to walk almost 100m from the tunnel to the exit point.

“So, we had to be careful when rescuing passengers to prevent them from getting further injuries,” he told reporters at the KLCC station here tonight.

Nordin said the high electricity voltage on the LRT tracks in the tunnel also posed a risk to passengers and the rescue team.

Fortunately, the rescue operation was successful with ambulance services from various agencies helping out, he said.

One of the rescue team members who spoke to the New Straits Times on condition of anonymity said they also faced communication issues between them. 

He said rescuers normally used the Government Integrated Radio Network (GIRN) but the signal in the tunnel was not good. 

“So, we used our handphones to communicate,” said the rescuer.

One of the injured victims is transported to a hospital for treatment following the incident in Kuala Lumpur. - NSTP/ASWADI ALIS.
One of the injured victims is transported to a hospital for treatment following the incident in Kuala Lumpur. – NSTP/ASWADI ALIS.
One of the injured victims being rushed to a hospital for treatment. -NSTP/ASWADI ALIS.
One of the injured victims being rushed to a hospital for treatment. -NSTP/ASWADI ALIS.
Rescuers attend to a victim following the incident. -  NSTP/ASWADI ALIS.
Rescuers attend to a victim following the incident. – NSTP/ASWADI ALIS.
Firemen help one of the victims following the incident. - NSTP/ASWADI ALIS.
Firemen help one of the victims following the incident. – NSTP/ASWADI ALIS.

He also said that there was no service lift from the station, which further constrained evacuation efforts as it was located inside the mall.

The 8.45pm incident tonight happened when a train full of passengers from Gombak collided with an empty train that was heading from Kampung Baru.

A total of 47 people suffered serious injuries, while 166 others escaped with minor injuries when the two trains on the Kelana Jaya LRT line collided.

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