Glass side panel on SMRT train shatters, no one injured

Train passenger Shah, who captured the incident in photos, told citizen journalism website Stomp that he heard "a loud noise" when the glass broke. -- PHOTO: STOMP
Train passenger Shah, who captured the incident in photos, told citizen journalism website Stomp that he heard "a loud noise" when the glass broke. -- PHOTO: STOMP
Train passenger Shah, who captured the incident in photos, told citizen journalism website Stomp that he heard "a loud noise" when the glass broke. -- PHOTO: STOMP
Train passenger Shah, who captured the incident in photos, told citizen journalism website Stomp that he heard "a loud noise" when the glass broke. -- PHOTO: STOMP
Train passenger Shah, who captured the incident in photos, told citizen journalism website Stomp that he heard "a loud noise" when the glass broke. -- PHOTO: STOMP
Train passenger Shah, who captured the incident in photos, told citizen journalism website Stomp that he heard "a loud noise" when the glass broke. -- PHOTO: STOMP

SINGAPORE - A glass panel shattered on an east-bound train near Tanjong Pagar MRT station on Sunday.

A train passenger, who wanted to be known only as Shah, told citizen journalism website Stomp that he heard "a loud noise" when the glass broke.

When contacted by The Straits Times, the 32-year-old said: "Luckily, no one was injured." He added that he was concerned because the panel was next to the seat reserved for the elderly and pregnant women.

SMRT confirmed that the glass side panel of a train travelling towards Pasir Ris station shattered at around 6pm on Sunday.

"SMRT staff boarded the train at Lavender MRT station to inspect the damage and secure the area. No injuries were sustained in the incident and the train was withdrawn from service," said Mr Patrick Nathan, vice-president of corporate information and communications.

The incident is being investigated, SMRT said.

While the panels in SMRT trains are made of tempered glass, which is stronger than normal glass, they have been known to shatter.

The last reported incident of this happening on an SMRT train was in May 2012.

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