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25 injured by collision between two trains at Singapore's Joo Koon station

15 November 2017

- Picture by Low Youjin/TODAY SINGAPORE, Nov 15 - Twenty-three passengers sustained minor injuries and had to be taken to nearby hospitals after a collision between two trains at Joo Koon MRT station this morning.

Two SMRT employees and 23 passengers sustained light to moderate injuries and were sent to two hospitals, SMRT and Singapore's Land Transport Authority said in a statement.

The Joo Koon station is on the East-West Line, popularly referred to as the Green line, and has 35 stations between the Tuas Link and Changi Airport.

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Earlier, the Singapore Civil Defense Force said in a Twitter post that it had been alerted to an incident at the station at 8:33 a.m.

Commuters reported on social media that passengers on the moving train fell down when the collision occurred.

SCDF said it was informed of the accident at 8.33 am.

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About a minute later, a second train stopped behind the first train but soon after moved forward unexpectedly and "came into contact with the first train".

A panel of inquiry set up then to look into the incident said that the collision could have been prevented had MRT staff dealt with the oil spill "sufficiently aggressively or promptly".

The incident happened at the time that the Circle Line, better known as the Yellow Line, was affected by delays which the SMRT attributed to "a signal fault" at about 6 am.

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In August 1993, a damaged rubber ring set off a chain of events that led to the collision between two trains at Clementi MRT station, leaving about 160 passengers injured. At least 10 emergency vehicles were seen outside the station.

25 injured by collision between two trains at Singapore's Joo Koon station