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Transport Ministry awaits report on LRT accident

KUALA LUMPUR, 25 Sept 2008: The Transport Ministry is now waiting for a full report from the police and the operator of the light rail transit (LRT) service, Rangkaian Pengangkutan Intergrasi Deras Sdn Bhd (RapidKL), concerning the accident between two LRT trains near the Bukit Jalil LRT Station today.

In the incident at 6.30pm, the two trains collided about 200 metres from the Bukit Jalil Station resulting in four passengers being injured while 300 others escaped injury.

“The report will be submitted as soon as possible. I want the details. The department of railway under the transport ministry has the power to revoke the licence of the operator,” its minister, Datuk Ong Tee Keat told reporters tonight.

He earlier visited the incident site and the patients at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (PPUKM) in Cheras.  

Ong said his ministry also questioned the frequency of maintenance service on the trains to ensure that the LRT coaches were in good condition.

During the visit to the PPUKM, Ong said that out of the four victims who were injured, only one passenger, Ko Thin Lau, 34, was still receiving treatment at the hospital. Her condition is, however, stable.

Meanwhile, RapidKL’s corporate communications general manager Ebi Azly Adullah said the company would bear all medical expenses borne by the victims.

He said the Star LRT service from Sentul Timur to Sri Petaling would operate as normal tomorrow.

“Work to remove the two trains affected had been completed. The Star LRT trains would operate as normal tomorrow. The service would begin at 6.30am,” he said. — Bernama


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