The Star Malaysia

Train with 243 pas­sen­gers jumps rails

- By GLA­DYS TAY Incidents · Kuala Lumpur · Segamat · Keretapi Tanah Melayu

SEGA­MAT: An ex­press train from Kuala Lumpur to Sin­ga­pore, car­ry­ing 243 pas­sen­gers, de­railed in Batu Anam near here, in­jur­ing 17 pas­sen­gers in­clud­ing three Sin­ga­pore­ans.

Sega­mat OCPD Supt Ab­dul Ma­jid said five of the pas­sen­gers suf­fered se­vere in­juries in­clud­ing frac­tured shoul­ders dur­ing the 11.45am in­ci­dent that occurred about 200m from the Batu Anam Rail­way Sta­tion yes­ter­day.

“All the se­ri­ously in­jured were men, in­clud­ing the three Sin­ga­pore­ans. They have been sent to Sega­mat Hospi­tal for treat­ment,” he said.

He said that the re­main­ing in­jured pas­sen­gers were given emer­gency treat­ment at the rail­way sta­tion with the as­sis­tance of the Civil De­fence Depart­ment per­son­nel.

Supt Ab­dul Ma­jid said six of the nine coaches of the Si­naran Pagi Ex­press train had de­railed in the in­ci­dent.

“Two of the coaches were the cafe­te­ria and the one car­ry­ing the elec­tric gen­er­a­tor for the train,” he said.

Mean­while, Kere­tapi Tanah Me­layu Ber­had (KTMB), in a state­ment, said four buses were pro­vided to ferry the stranded pas­sen­gers to their des­ti­na­tions.

It said works to re­move the de­railed coaches and to re­pair the track were un­der­way and was ex­pected to be com­pleted within 24 hours.

How­ever, it said, KTMB’s op­er­a­tions would not be af­fected and all trains to the south­ern re­gion could op­er­ate as usual.

Those who needed fur­ther in­for­ma­tion are ad­vised to con­tact KTMB at 03-22671200.

 ??  ?? Off the tracks: With help from Civil De­fence Depart­ment per­son­nel, ef­forts to get things back on track are un­der­way af­ter the Si­naran Pagi Ex­press train de­railed in Batu Anam, near Sega­mat, yes­ter­day. — Photo cour­tesy of The Star reader Kr­ishna Ku­mar.
Off the tracks: With help from Civil De­fence Depart­ment per­son­nel, ef­forts to get things back on track are un­der­way af­ter the Si­naran Pagi Ex­press train de­railed in Batu Anam, near Sega­mat, yes­ter­day. — Photo cour­tesy of The Star reader Kr­ishna Ku­mar.

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