Two trains collided head-on inside a tunnel in Kuala Lumpur (Picture: Getty/Reuters/NurPhoto/PA)
More than 200 people were injured when a train full of passengers collided head-on in a tunnel with another carriage on a test run in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, on Monday.
Photos of the aftermath show bloodied passengers lying on the floor of the carriage surrounded by shattered glass, and others on stretchers being treated by paramedics then loaded into ambulances.
The country’s transport minister Wee Ka Siong told reporters that a metro train carrying 213 passengers crashed into a vacant carriage out on a test run in a tunnel near the Petronas Towers, one of the world’s tallest twin towers.
He said one was travelling at just over 12mph and the other at close to 25mph, adding: ‘This caused a significant jolt that threw some passengers out of their seats.’
Injured passengers lying on stretchers outside KLCC station after the crash (Picture: AFP via Getty)
Photos of the aftermath show bloodied passengers receiving treatment (Picture: Mohd Firdaus/NurPhoto)
Others were loaded onto ambulances (Picture: AFP via Getty)
One of them, Afiq Luqman Mohamad Baharudin, 27, told the national Bernama news agency the train had stopped for 15 minutes just before the crash.
He said: ‘We had only moved for a few seconds when the crash happened and the impact was so strong that I suffered injuries to my head, left leg and chest.’
Every single passenger is thought to have been hurt in the crash, the first major incident of its kind in the metro system’s 23-year history.
Another minister tweeted to say that three were in a critical condition. More than 40 had other serious injuries, while 160 suffered minor injuries.
Fire and rescue personnel gather outside a shopping mall to help injured passengers (Picture: AP)
All passengers reportedly suffered some form of injury in the collision (Picture: @ifinidish metrograb)
The metro train was carrying 213 passengers (Picture: AP)
It is the first major crash in the system’s 23-year history (Picture: AP)
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin pledged a ‘full investigation’ into the cause, posting on his Facebook page: ‘I take this accident seriously.’
Police suspect a communication mix-up from the train’s operation control centre.
The passenger train was fully automated and controlled from there, while the vacant carriage had a driver.
The metro system reportedly carries more than 350,000 passengers daily, although ridership has been reduced to ensure social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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