Several passengers suffer injuries after 2 trains collide in Malaysia

Passengers waiting outside the ETS train.
Passengers waiting outside the ETS train.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Several passengers suffered minor injuries when an ETS train heading towards Ipoh collided with another train shortly after leaving the station in Kuala Kubu Baru.

According to a passenger, the train had reached the station after travelling for about 90 minutes. The train had left Kuala Lumpur Sentral at about 12.30pm on Saturday (May 7).

"We heard a loud bang and felt a jerk," said The Star reporter Cecilia Kok, adding that no one was flung from their seats.

"Some passengers in the front coaches suffered minor injuries. A lady fainted," she said.

Pictures of the scene showed that the front windscreen of the ETS had been shattered.

Fire brigade and police helped passengers to get down from train. Buses have been arranged to take passengers onwards to Ipoh.

In a statement, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) said that three passengers had sustained minor injuries in Saturday afternoon's crash while all other passengers were evacuated from the area by bus.

According to the company, the incident occurred at 1.45pm at KM322.

The crash involved an Express Rakyat train travelling from Butterworth to Johor Baru and an ETS train from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh.

KTMB corporate communications manager Siti Badariah Wan Hanafi said in a statement on Saturday afternoon that several KTM services will face disruption following the incident.

"The KTM commuter service between Rawang and Tanjung Malim is cancelled.

"All ETS services will end at the Rawang train station and passengers will continue their journey on bus or otherwise," she said.

KTMB said that the cause of the accident is still being investigated and will continue to give updates on the situation.