Disasters & Accidents

At least 213 injured as two Kuala Lumpur subway trains collide

Bangkok, May 25 (EFE).- At least 213 people were injured, dozens of them seriously, as two trains collided in a Kuala Lumpur subway tunnel late, official sources said Tuesday.

“At least 47 people with significant injuries have been transferred to the hospital,” Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong told the media, following the late Monday night crash.

Authorities have opened an investigation to determine the reasons for the incident.

The head of the Dang Wangi police station, one of the main in the Malaysian capital, Zainal Abdullah, told media that a self-driving train carrying dozens of passengers crashed at about 8:45 pm on Monday (12:45 GMT) with an empty train on manual drive.

The autonomous trains, Absullah said, are operated from a control center, which could not “detect” the arrival of the other train due to “a communication problem,” the policeman said, according to the Free Malaysia Today portal.

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin called the incident “serious” and ordered an investigation into the incident.

“I have instructed the Minister of Transport and the operator (of the train) (…) to carry out an in-depth investigation into the cause of the accident,” the president said via Facebook. EFE

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