KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – More than 200 individuals were hurt in Malaysia on Monday when 2 city light rail trains clashed in an underground tunnel near to the Petronas Twin Towers in the capital Kuala Lumpur, authorities stated.
The occurrence happened at around 8.45 p.m. (1245 GMT) when among the trains, which was empty after being fixed, clashed head-on with another train carrying 213 travelers taking a trip in the opposite instructions on the very same track, district authorities chief Mohamad Zainal Abdullah stated.
Forty-7 individuals were significantly harmed and 166 others sustained small injuries, he informed press reporters. The crash happened in an area of tunnel about 100 metres (330 feet) far from the KLCC 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 center,” Mohamad Zainal stated.
Videos and pictures of the occurrence published on social networks revealed numerous bleeding commuters and damaged glass panels inside the trains, run by Prasarana Malaysia Berhad.
Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong stated the accident was the very first significant mishap in the city system’s 23 years of operation, and he promised an extensive examination.
The 88-floor Petronas Twin Towers are the highest twin towers worldwide.
(Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; Editing by Mark Heinrich)