Two maintenance staff of Singapore’s MRT operator SMRT have been killed after a track accident near Pasir Ris station along the East-West line, China’s Xinhua news agency reported, citing local media.
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SMRT’s vice-president for corporate information and communications Patrick Nathan said in a statement that the accident occurred at around 11:10am near a servicing point, according to the Straits Times.
Nathan said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was immediately activated and they have confirmed that the 2 SMRT staff have passed away.
Nathan added that the train service operator are working with the police to conduct a detailed investigation into this accident. He also sent deepest condolences to the families of the staff, saying SMRT will be providing support to them at this very difficult time.
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Train services along the East-West Line were also disrupted. SMRT announced on its Twitter account that there would be no train services between Tanah Merah and Pasir Ris because of the accident.
The operator apologised for the inconvenience and updated that train services are expected to resume at about 1:15pm.
Source: Bernama / Featured image from CNA’s Twitter.