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47 passengers seriously injured in an LRT collision

At least 47 passengers were reported seriously injured while hundreds more were lightly injured in the collision of two Light Rail Transit (LRT) trains, each from Gombak and Kelana Jaya here.

Dang Wangi District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Mohamad Zainal Abdullah, said the train from Gombak carried 213 passengers while the train from Kelana Jaya which did not carry passengers, was believed to have technical problems before the collision.

The two trains reportedly collided at about 8.45pm between Kampung Baru and KLCC stations.

Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (JBPM) said faced difficulties during the rescue operation and evacuated 213 passengers who were injured in the Light Rail Transit (LRT) train collision last night.

“We have to go through narrow tunnel passages in addition to electrical risks. So we have to be careful and take a lot of time for the process of removing all the victims.

“Given the position of the train with the station about 100 meters away in the condition of injured passengers, then it needs to be done carefully to avoid more serious injuries,” he said at a press conference at the location last night. 

According to Zainal,166 passengers were reported to have suffered minor injuries.

“All the injured passengers were sent to Kuala Lumpur Hospital and several other hospitals.

“This case is being investigated under Section 201 of the Land Transport Act 2010,” he said last night.

The rescuers involved officers and members of the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM), the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), medical officers from HKL and various agencies.

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