In a statement on Monday, Rapid Rail Monorail Line said the service was suspended from 8:50am, Monday (30th March) after 2 incidents involving its trains.

In the first incident, a rubber tyre of a four-car train caught fire at the Titiwangsa station, resulting in heavy smoke. According to Kuala Lumpur Fire Station Chief operations officer Shamsol Maarif Saibini:

The station received a call at 8.52am regarding the fire and a team of firemen arrived at the scene about five minutes later.

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In the second incident, a 2-car train was stranded between the Imbi station and Bukit Bintang station due to technical problems, prompting the dispatch of a rescue train to push the stopped vehicle and clear the passengers.

SOURCE: Free Malaysia Today
SOURCE: Free Malaysia Today

Upon arrival, all train passengers were asked to evacuate the coaches and the monorail operator was directed to move the burning coach to a location further way from the buildings. “Currently, work to extinguish the fire is still ongoing,” he said in a Bernama report. He added that 22 firemen and 3 engines were rushed to the location to put out the fire.

Drivers were advised to find alternative routes as the delay of Monorail services is causing for a major traffic holdup.

The public transport provider is investigating both incidents, and has apologised to commuters for the inconvenience caused.

Sources: The Malaysian Insider, The Star Online.

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