Number of injured rises to 38 in Joo Koon train collision

SMRT staff at Joo Koon MRT station at 11.02am on Nov 16, 2017.
SMRT staff at Joo Koon MRT station at 11.02am on Nov 16, 2017. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - The total number of people injured in the recent train collision at Joo Koon MRT station now stands at 38, following two new walk-in cases on Friday (Nov 17) at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

Both patients were discharged on the same day after receiving treatment, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in a statement on Sunday (Nov 19).

Giving an update on those who had been warded, it said that the patient at the National University Hospital remains warded for observation, while two at the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital had been discharged.

The passengers were injured after a software glitch in the new signalling system of the East-West Line resulted in a collision between two trains at Joo Koon station on Wednesday.

While the four stations on the extension - Gul Circle, Tuas Crescent, Tuas West Road and Tuas Link - will reopen after the weekend, the authorities will keep the service between Joo Koon and Gul Circle stations suspended for up to a month, with buses to bridge the gap.

LTA confirmed in its statement that train services along the four stations of the Tuas West Extension will resume on Monday (Nov 20).

The Tuas West Extension, which runs on the new signalling system, will be separated from the rest of the East-West Line, which runs on the old signalling system.

So westbound passengers headed for Gul Circle, Tuas Crescent, Tuas West Road and Tuas Link MRT Stations will have to alight at Joo Koon MRT Station and catch a free shuttle bus service to the onward station - Gul Circle MRT Station. A similar arrangement is available for the opposite direction, said LTA.

It added that passengers who need to use the shuttle between Joo Koon and Gul Circle MRT Stations will not be charged a new fare when they re-board the MRT train, and that the trip will be treated as a single journey.