Metro Train Collision in Kuala Lumpur Injures Over 200 Passengers

Two metro trains collided in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, injuring over 200 passengers.

A train carrying 213 passengers collided with an empty one in an underground tunnel near the Petronas Twin Towers at about 8:45 p.m. local time, according to police.

The empty train had just been repaired and was going for a test run with only one driver aboard. It was headed from Kampung Baru station to the Gombak station on the same track as the train with the passengers, according to state media.

Dang Wangi District Police Chief Mohamad Zainal Abdullah said that 47 of the 213 injured were in serious condition while the other 166 sustained minor injuries and were transported to nearby hospitals to receive treatment.

Abdullah also said that there was no sign of foul play as investigation continues.

“We are still investigating the incident… but we suspect that perhaps there was a miscommunication from the trains’ operation control center,” Abdullah told reporters.

Footage on social media showed bleeding passengers and broken glass covering the floor of the train carriage.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a statement that he takes the accident “seriously” and has ordered the Ministry of Transportation and train operator Prasarana Malaysia Berhad “to conduct a full investigation to identify the cause of this accident, and strict action should be taken immediately.”

“Priorities should now be given to the victims of accident, and I have ordered all parties to fully cooperate to ensure that victims get thorough treatment,” Yassin further stated.

According to Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong, the crash was the first major accident in the metro system’s 23 years of operation.

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