The Straits Times
Published on Nov 06, 2012

Train driver hit emergency brake button, could not prevent accident


After six days of talking about how safety on MRT platforms could have been enhanced, train driver, Mr Mohamed Faizal Mohd Yunos, told the court that there was nothing further he could have done to prevent the accident.

The 41-year-old train driver took the stand this morning, as witness in the ongoing lawsuit filed by Thai teenager Nitcharee Peneakchanasak against train operator SMRT and the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

Nitcharee is claiming $3.4 million in damages from SMRT and LTA after she fell onto the tracks and was ran over by an oncoming train on April 3 last year. She lost both her legs in the accident.

The court heard that Mr Mohamed Faizal, who was operating the train that day, had a full frontal view of the train tracks. As the train approached Ang Mo Kio MRT station, he saw Nitcharee suddenly falling onto the tracks. "It was like a leaf dropping," he said.