Cargo train derailment affects KTMB service in Malaysia

A cargo train is seen after it derailed along a heavily travelled north-south rail corridor in the northern state of Perak on Oct 28, 2016.
A cargo train is seen after it derailed along a heavily travelled north-south rail corridor in the northern state of Perak on Oct 28, 2016.PHOTO: AFP
A cargo train is seen after it derailed along a heavily travelled north-south rail corridor in the northern state of Perak on Oct 28, 2016.
A cargo train is seen after it derailed along a heavily travelled north-south rail corridor in the northern state of Perak on Oct 28, 2016.PHOTO: AFP
A cargo train is seen after it derailed along a heavily travelled north-south rail corridor in the northern state of Perak on Oct 28, 2016.
A cargo train is seen after it derailed along a heavily travelled north-south rail corridor in the northern state of Perak on Oct 28, 2016.PHOTO: AFP
A cargo train is seen after it derailed along a heavily travelled north-south rail corridor in the northern state of Perak on Oct 28, 2016.
A cargo train is seen after it derailed along a heavily travelled north-south rail corridor in the northern state of Perak on Oct 28, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

IPOH - A cargo trail derailment at Kota Baru-Lahat, Batu Gajah, early on Friday (Oct 28) led to a disruption in Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) services on the north and south line.

The accident occurred at 3.15am when the train headed for Tasek, Perak, from Kuang, in Selangor, to pick up a load of cement slipped and blocked the tracks, reported The Malay Mail Online.

In a statement, KTMB said: "Two locomotives and 25 empty carriages slipped and blocked the two tracks, preventing trains from continuing onwards."

No casualties were reported in the incident.

"There was a small fire at the engine part of the carriage and firefighters were only allowed to enter the location after the electricity supply in the area was shut off," said Perak Fire and Rescue Station Zone One chief Mohd Khairul Jamil.

Arrangements were made for people using the service from Kampar-Ipoh-Kampar. "Passengers using the services from Kampar-Ipoh-Kampar will be transferred and ferried by bus," KTMB said.

"KTM Berhad apologises for the inconvenience and will furnish updates on the situation," it said.