2 Singapore transit workers die after being hit by train
22 March 2016, 19:15
Singapore – Two maintenance staff working on elevated tracks in
Singapore's mass transit system were hit and killed by a train on Tuesday, an
official said. It was a rare tragedy on a train system that has experienced a
string of disruptions in recent years, denting the city-state's reputation for
The two workers, Nasrulhudin Najumudinand and Muhammad Asyraf
Ahmad Buhari, were trainees who had worked for the company for two months,
transit operator SMRT Corp said.
They were part of a 15-member team that was on the track to
investigate a possible track fault or malfunctioning signalling equipment near
Pasir Ris station in eastern Singapore, chief executive Desmond Quek said.
"We are investigating exactly how they got hit by the train.
What we know is that they were walking along in a single file, along the side,
along the walkway," he said.
"Exactly how they got... close enough to the oncoming train
that was moving in the direction opposite to them is the issue we are trying to
establish with the witnesses," he said.
He said it is standard procedure for workers to be on tracks while
trains are operating in order to investigate "every fault."
Such fatal accidents are unusual in Singapore, which prides itself
on adherence to safety procedures. In 2011, a Thai teenager fell onto the
tracks at a station and was run over by a train, severing one leg. The other
leg was amputated later.
At least three delays caused by train and track faults were
reported in the past week on the train network, known as the MRT.
The MRT system, which began operations in 1987, has experienced
increased pressure on its services, with ridership rising from 647 million in
2013 to 676 million last year.