SMRT train hits stationary train at Joo Koon MRT station; 25 injured

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - This happened around 8am this morning, causing delays on the East-West Line. 

 An SMRT train hit a stationary one at the Joo Koon MRT station platform around 8am on Wednesday (Nov 15) during the morning peak hour when trains are usually packed to the brim. 

The Straits Times understands that the incident has to do with a malfunction of the new signalling system.

The SMRT and Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a statement that at 8.18am, a train heading westwards in the direction of Tuas Link station stalled at Joo Koon station on the East-West Line.

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 total of 23 passengers and two SMRT staff sustained light to moderate injuries and were taken conscious to the National University Hospital and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force was alerted around 8.30am. 

Passengers who posted on social media said that a number of those on the moving train fell when the two trains made contact.

SMRT and LTA are investigating the incident.

The incident caused delays on the East-West Line and happened on the same day that the Circle Line was hit by a major disruption said to be caused by a door fault. 

When The Straits Times visited Joo Koon station, it was closed to passengers till around 11.20am. At around 11.35am, more than 50 personnel were seen at the site, but it was unclear what work was being done.