Locomotive catches fire in MRT tunnel

Just two days after a massive breakdown crippled the North-South, East-West and Circle MRT lines, a fire broke out in a train tunnel between Orchard and Somerset stations early yesterday soon after operating hours ended.

The incident took place when an engineering locomotive - used for hauling heavy equipment for after-hours maintenance - caught fire. Soon, thick smoke engulfed the tunnel, according to a source. "Workers were running for their lives," he said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 17, 2020, with the headline 'Locomotive catches fire in MRT tunnel'. Print Edition | Subscribe