Power trip forces commuters to evacuate KL trains

Commuters crowding the platform while waiting for trains to arrive at the Masjid Jamek LRT station in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Sept 8, after a power trip caused a disruption.
Commuters crowding the platform while waiting for trains to arrive at the Masjid Jamek LRT station in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Sept 8, after a power trip caused a disruption. PHOTO: THE STAR PUBLICATION

PETALING JAYA • Scores of passengers travelling on Kuala Lumpur's RapidKL LRT yesterday morning were forced to evacuate mid-journey after a power trip between the Setiawangsa and KLCC stations.

Images were circulated on social media of passengers being forced to walk along the Kelana Jaya (KJ) line tracks towards the nearest station, many of them carrying umbrellas in the rain, The Star newspaper reported.

It was the second breakdown to hit the LRT this week, reported the New Straits Times. During rush hour on Wednesday morning, a power trip on the same line left many commuters stranded for hours, with some unable to reach their places of work until noon.

RapidKL confirmed yesterday's incident in an update on its Twitter account, @myrapidkl, at 9.40am, reported The Star.

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

In another tweet 20 minutes later, it said 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.

"KJ Line: Affected passengers please proceed to our customer service counter at your station for your trip refund," it added.

The images of people walking along the tracks caused alarm among netizens, with many criticising RapidKL for what they said was a dangerous inconvenience.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2016, with the headline 'Power trip forces commuters to evacuate KL trains'. Print Edition | Subscribe