Sengkang LRT train breaks down on first day of CNY, passengers get down and walk on tracks

A file photo of the Sengkang LRT. A power fault caused a stall on the Sengkang LRT on Feb 16, 2018.
A file photo of the Sengkang LRT. A power fault caused a stall on the Sengkang LRT on Feb 16, 2018.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A train on the Sengkang LRT line broke down on Friday (Feb 16), the first day of the Chinese New Year, affecting 15 commuters.

When contacted, SBS Transit said a light rail vehicle (LRV) on the Sengkang West loop stalled at 11.09am as it was approaching the Sengkang Town Centre station due to a power fault.

"At the time of the incident, a loud noise was heard due to a dislodged power collector shoe on the LRV. This caused the LRV to stall immediately as a safety feature."

No one was injured.

Another LRV was used to push the defective one out of the line so that services could resume on the Sengkang West inner loop. Service was back up at about 1pm.

A video of the incident shared online shows passengers dismounting the train and walking on the tracks.

The video, posted on the SBS - Sure Boh Singapore Facebook page, shows one of the passengers carrying a child.

Services on the Sengkang West outer loop, which moves in the opposite direction and serves the same stations, were not affected by the disruption, SBS Transit said.

Ms Tammy Tan, SBS Transit's senior vice-president for corporate communications, said: "We apologise to affected commuters for the inconvenience caused. Meanwhile we are investigating the cause of the fault."