Joo Koon MRT Station after train collision

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A Singapore mass transit train collided early on Wednesday with another at a station, injuring 25 people, authorities said, the latest incident involving the city-state's railways.

Singapore's first train collision occurred August 5, 1993, when an east-bound train stopped longer than scheduled at a station due to a technical fault and was then hit by another train, according to the National Library Board's resources.

People look after a mass transit train collision at a platform at Joo Koon station in Singapore Wednesday.

[LTA - SMRT Joint Statement] This morning at 8.18am, a train heading in the direction of Tuas Link Station stalled at.

Eight were warded in hospital for head injuries, spinal injuries, a fractured arm and other injuries, while others received outpatient treatment for minor bruises, shock and sprains. Subsequently, Lui Tuck Yew, the former transport minister who oversaw an expansion of the public-transportation network, left politics.

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The inquiry panel also said the accident could have been prevented had the staff understood the gravity of the situation and dealt with the oil spill "sufficiently aggressively or promptly".

After three hours, the SMRT reported that the fault had been cleared but trains and stations on the Circle Line were crowded.

Trains were delayed on the East-West Line as a result of the collision. When The Straits Times visited the station, more than 50 personnel were seen at the site at around 11.35am, but it was unclear what work was being done.

The SMRT received over 150 claims for compensation which were filed personally and through their compensation hotline set up a day after the accident.

SMRT and LTA are investigating the incident.

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