More than 200 injured in Malaysia light rail crash in capital

World | 25 May 2021 12:00 pm

More than 200 people have been injured after two metro light rail trains collided in an underground tunnel close to the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur, Reuters reports.

The incident occurred around 8:45pm local time when one of the trains, which was empty after being repaired, collided head-on with another train carrying 213 passengers travelling in the opposite direction on the same track, district police Chief Mohamad Zainal Abdullah said.

Forty-seven people were seriously injured and 166 others sustained minor injuries, he told reporters.

The site of the collision was a section of tunnel about 100 metres from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre station, outside the Petronas towers.

"We are still investigating the incident … but we suspect that perhaps there was a miscommunication from the trains' operations control centre," Chief Abdullah said.

Videos and photos of the incident posted on social media showed bleeding commuters and broken glass panels inside the trains operated by Prasarana Malaysia Berhad.

Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong said the collision was the first major accident in the metro system's 23 years of operation, and he pledged a thorough investigation.-Photos: Twitter/Straits Times



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