A train crash that injured more than 200 people in Kuala Lumpur was the result of
an operator’s “carelessness,” a Malaysian official said Tuesday. The incident occurred
in the country’s capital on Monday evening, when two light-rail trains collided head-
on, leaving dozens of passengers bloody and dazed.
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.’
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.
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