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Singapore suspended part of a rail line to conduct checks after a train collision Wednesday left more than two dozen people injured and prompted an apology from the Transport Minister.
At least 29 people were injured after a train hit a stationary one near the Joo Koon station in the western part of the city state. The Land Transport Authority said a software glitch was behind the rail collision, the country’s second in three decades.
The incident dealt another blow to a network that has faced public criticism in recent years for frequent breakdowns. Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan called it "an awful day" and apologized to commuters, saying authorities "are deeply sorry," Channel NewsAsia reported.
SMRT Corp. the affected line’s operator, tweeted early Thursday that services between Joo Koon and Tuas Link stations on its East-West line were suspended, though trains on another major line were running normally. The Transport Minister had advised SMRT and LTA to suspend services between the Joo Koon and Tuas Link stations for the day for system provider Thales to conduct a thorough check.
Here’s what we know so far, according to local media citing statements by LTA officials at a press conference at SMRT’s headquarters late Wednesday:
Facts and Perspective:
This article first appeared on www.bloomberg.com
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