MALAYSIA. Kuala Lumpur: After the collision of two trains in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, more than 200 people were injured. According to the reports, the accident occurred at 8:45 pm local time. One train was going on a test run when it collided with another train that was filled with passengers. Both trains were traveling at 40km (around 25 miles) per hour when they collided. According to the state media, the collision happened in the tunnel between the Kampung Baru and KLCC stations.
Around 166 passengers sustained minor injuries and 47 passengers were severely injured. The injured passengers were sent to nearby hospitals for treatment. Several photos and videos were posted on social media that showed several passengers bleeding inside the trains.
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Meanwhile, Malaysian Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has called for a full investigation to discover the cause of the accident.
“I take this accident seriously and have instructed the Transport Ministry and Prasarana Malaysia Berhad to conduct a full investigation,” he said.
He added that he has ordered all quarters to extend their full cooperation to ensure all the victims get comprehensive treatment as the country is in a COVID-19 pandemic with a rising number of cases.
Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong said that the collision was the first major accident in the metro system’s 23 years of operation.