More than 210 people were injured in a collision between two LRT (Light Rail Transit) trains on Monday in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.
The city’s fire department chief Nodrim Md Pauzi has confirmed that around 47 of the passengers are badly affected, according to Channel News Asia, while six are in critical condition, according to the Malaysia Gazette.
The country’s transport minister, Wee Ka Siong, has stated that the accident occurred when one of the trains was undergoing a test run around 8:30 p.m. local time when the rest of the trains ran between two main stations in Kuala Lumpur.
For example, the train to be tested, which was empty and drove from Kampung Baru station to Gombak, collided with the other, which resulted in the passengers traveling in it – 213 people – being “thrown”.
“This is the first incident since the LRT came into operation (1998),” said Wee, although there have been a few minor accidents in the past.
It has also pushed ahead with the establishment of a special working group to examine the facts and with a preliminary report on the matter presented this Tuesday to finalize a full report in two weeks for the local media to collect.
For his part, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has said he ordered an investigation into the incident and requested that the injured, most of whom were taken to Kuala Lumpur hospital, be given “full care”.