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Widow of technician killed at LRT station sues SMRT

Published on Sep 12, 2012 6:00 AM
Mr Chia Teck Heng was hit by a train while checking a power rail. -- PHOTO: COURTESY OF MADAM MOI FONG SIN

The widow of a technician killed in 2010 when he was hit by a train at Phoenix LRT station is taking SMRT Trains Ltd to court for more than $500,000 in damages.

Madam Moi Fong Sin, 44, claims the train operator was negligent and failed to provide a safe work system, leading to her husband Chia Teck Heng's fatal injuries.

But SMRT is contesting the claim and the case is expected to turn on what caused the accident and to what extent, if any, Mr Chia contributed to any negligence. Mr Chia, then 48, had been deployed by SMRT to attend to problems caused by a trip in the power supply at the Phoenix LRT station on Oct 17, 2010.

He was, according to media reports at the time, at a designated walkway, checking the power rail between Phoenix and Bukit Panjang stations, when an oncoming train hit him at Phoenix station at about 8.55am. The 1.5m-wide walkway runs throughout the LRT system, between the two rail tracks, and has yellow demarcation lines on both sides.

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