Kuala Lumpur's LRT service disrupted again, some commuters forced to walk on tracks amid downpour

A video circulating online shows passengers walking on the tracks, just next to another moving train.
A video circulating online shows passengers walking on the tracks, just next to another moving train.PHOTO: TWITTER/ @AIDASUE
Commuters walking on the LRT tracks in KL on Sept 9, 2016.
Commuters walking on the LRT tracks in KL on Sept 9, 2016.PHOTO: FACEBOOK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - RapidKL LRT services in Malaysia's capital of Kuala Lumpur were disrupted again on Friday (Sept 9) along the Kelana Jaya line as another downpour greeted commuters whom had to walk on the tracks.

Scores of passengers travelling on the line on Friday morning were forced to evacuate the train mid-journey after a power trip between the Setiawangsa and KLCC stations.

Images were being circulated on social media of passengers being forced to walk dangerously along the train tracks towards the nearest station, with many of them seen carrying umbrellas as it was raining.

RapidKL confirmed the incident in an update on its Twitter account, @myrapidkl, at 9.40am.

"KJ Line: Train service is currently on hold due to power trip from Setiawangsa to KLCC. Updates to follow," it said in a tweet.

It said in another tweet 20 minutes later that passengers were being evacuated from the trains.

"KJ Line: Track to power up once passengers are fully cleared from evacuated trains. Follow updates," RapidKL said.

The images of people walking on the tracks caused alarm among netizens, with many criticising RapidKL for the dangerous inconvenience.

At 7am on Friday morning, RapidKL had reported via its Twitter account that train services had experienced a "technical glitch" that was being rectified.

An hour later, it said that service had resumed to normal on the Kelana Jaya line.

However, several commuters still reported slow trains and packed stations at 8.30am as the backlog of passengers cleared from the stations.

Trains were also said to be stopping for longer periods at each station, causing a further delay.