Train-cars on Sengkang LRT system suddenly stalled, did not collide: SBS, LTA

SINGAPORE - An incident on the Sengkang LRT system on Monday evening (July 3) was due to a pair of train-cars suddenly stalling and not a collision of the cars, said operator SBS Transit and regulator the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

The sudden stalling of the pair of train-cars, which were coupled together, may have caused passengers who were not holding on to any grab bars or standing poles to lose their balance, SBS and LTA added.

This "may have given the wrong impression that the trailing train-car had hit the one in front", they said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

A commuter, identified only as Hong, reported to citizen journalism website Stomp that a "collision" took place on the Sengkang LRT system at around 7pm on Monday. She also said that several passengers fell down due to the impact.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force told The Straits Times that its assistance was not required.

Clarifying what happened on Monday, SBS and LTA said that a two-car train had stalled in between the Sengkang Town Centre and Renjong Stations.

"SBS Transit staff subsequently reset the fault and manually drove the coupled train to Renjong Station to detrain passengers safely," they said.

NOTE: The story has been corrected following clarifications by SBS Transit and LTA. We are sorry for the error.