Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

Elderly woman hit by train at Yio Chu Kang

By Fann Sim | SingaporeScene – 2 hours 52 minutes ago

A woman in her 60s was hit by a south-bound train at Yio Chu Kang MRT Station on Wednesday night.

According to TODAY, the incident happened at about 11:20pm and affected about 680 commuters. South-bound train service between Yishun and Ang Mo Kio MRT Station was disrupted.

The elderly woman was on the train tracks when the police arrived and was pronounced dead by paramedics at about 11.50pm.

The case has been classified as an unnatural death and investigations are underway.

Train services for south-bound trains resumed at 12.42am while north-bound trains remained unaffected the whole time.

Free bus-bridging services were provided by SMRT to ferry affected passengers from Yishun to Toa Payoh MRT stations. This service continued until the end of passenger service hours.

The Circle Line train service also continued for passengers making a connection from the train and bus bridging services.

SMRT said that passengers were kept informed of the service disruptions and the free bus services through announcements, notices and the rail travel information system at the affected stations.

"Passengers who were unable to complete their journeys due to the disruption can claim a full fare refund from the Passenger Service Centre in any of the 68 SMRT stations within the next three working days," said an SMRT spokesperson.

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Man arrested for attempted suicide at MRT station

By Alicia Wong | SingaporeScene – Sat, Apr 16, 2011 1:12 PM SGT

A man in his mid-30s has been arrested for attempted suicide at Sembawang MRT Station on Friday night.
The police and Singapore Civil Defence Force said they received a call at about 11.35 pm on Friday, informing them a man had fallen onto the train tracks at Sembawang MRT station.

"Upon police arrival, a man in his mid-30s was conveyed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and subsequently arrested for attempted suicide," said a police spokesperson.

The man, who had been hit by the train, complained of back pain.

About 1,500 passengers were affected during the incident, said an SMRT spokesperson.

"To maintain service on the unaffected stretches of the North-South line during the incident, all southbound trains were turned around at Woodlands MRT Station and some northbound trains were turned around at Yishun MRT Station," she said.

Bus bridging services were also deployed to ferry passengers from Woodlands to Yishun MRT station.

Commuters again took to micro-blogging site Twitter to send out alerts on the incident late on Friday.

Johny Loy (@johnyloy) tweeted, "Accident @sembawang mrt, SMRT faster complete your barrier doors please!!!"

Dynna Syafiqa (@dynna06) tweeted, "Chaos over at Sembawang MRT station."

Terence Lee, editor for online website New Nation, said he went to the MRT station at about 12.20am after seeing tweets on the incident. Lee said he saw a police vehicle and policemen at the station and that a section had been cordoned off on the train platform.

Passengers who were unable to complete their journey due to the disruption can claim a full fare refund from the Passenger Service Centre in any SMRT station within the next three working days.

SMRT is assisting the police in its investigations.

Earlier this month, a Thai teenage girl lost both her legs after she fell onto the tracks at the Ang Mo Kio MRT station and was hit by a train.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

14-year-old hit by MRT train loses both her legs

By Alicia Wong | SingaporeScene – Sun, Apr 3, 2011 3:46 PM SGT

A 14-year-old Thai girl has lost both her legs after being hit by an MRT train at Ang Mo Kio station on Sunday morning.

Peneakchanasaj Nitcharee, a student who arrived in Singapore three weeks ago to study English, lost one leg when it was severed by the oncoming train. She lost the other after it had to be amputated by hospital. doctors.

Local media reported the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) received a call about the incident on Sunday morning at 11.11 am. The teenager, who was conscious throughout the ordeal, was sent to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

According to local media, the girl was feeling drowsy when she fell onto the tracks. She was on her way to meet her friends, hoping to spend the day at East Coast beach cycling.

Doctors are currently keeping her under intensive care for observation.

Some eye-witnesses took to micro-blogging platform Twitter to describe the scene. They said there were many police cars at the MRT station and the teenager appeared to have broken both her legs.

Felicia Chen (@caesius_helios) tweeted that she was on the way to Toa Payoh when "people suddenly screamed" and she saw the accident victim under the train before MRT officers "ushered us down from the platform".

She said, "(her) lower limbs broke, can see (her) knee bone jutting out, head bleeding. Serious injury."

Described Zhen Qin (@lithoworqz): "Something happened at AMK station; train services to Marina Bay stopped, policemen everywhere, train only pulled into station halfway."

An SMRT spokesman said train services were not disrupted. Commuters however said there were delays of five to 10 minutes on the North-South Line.

The SMRT is assisting the police with investigations.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Chinese passenger train breaks world speed record

AP - Friday, December 3

BEIJING – China's railway ministry says a Chinese passenger train has set a new record for speed, hitting 302 miles per hour (486 kilometers per hour) during a test run.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the feat took place Friday on the yet-to-be opened line linking China's two major cities of Beijing and Shanghai. It's scheduled to commence operations in 2012 and will halve the current travel time to five hours.

State television footage showed the sleek white train whipping past farm fields. The project is part of a massive government effort to link many of China's cities by high speed rail and reduce overcrowding on heavily used lines.

China now boasts some of the fastest passenger trains in the world. The speed of 302 mph (486 kph) was the fastest yet for an unmodified conventional commercial train, according China's railway ministry.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Man found dead at Queenstown MRT

By yahoosingapore – November 29th, 2010

A Chinese man in his 40s was found dead on the MRT track at the Queenstown station on Monday evening.

Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) received an emergency call at 8.16pm about the incident.

SCDF said the Chinese man in his early 40s was lying on the track below the last carriage after being hit by a West-bound train heading for Joo Koon. He had extensive head injuries and was pronounced dead by paramedics.

Eyewitnesses said at about 8.15pm, the train was approaching the station when it came to a halt. Over 13,700 passengers were affected by the subsequent train disruption.

SMRT said bus bridging services were deployed to ferry passengers from Outram to Jurong East MRT stations during a delay that lasted about one hour. .

Normal service resumed at about 9.15 pm.

A woman in her 30s who lived in Queenstown and called herself Marai told Yahoo! Singapore she saw a huge commotion at the MRT station on her way home from work.

“There were a lot of people at the station. I saw a few police cars and an ambulance on standby. I heard people talking that someone had jumped down,” she said.

The apparent suicide also made news on Twitter, with many expressing shock and dismay.

User Ryaihoney (@ryaihoney) tweeted, “My sis just got home with a black face ‘cos apparently some loner decided to commit suicide around Queenstown…why man why?”

Several Twitter users also made a reference to a recent hit song called “Grenade” by American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars, in which one verse contains a line that said “I’d jump in front of a train for ya”.
By yahoosingapore – November 29th, 2010

This is not the first time such a tragedy has occurred at Queenstown. Another elderly man also ended his life at Blk 181, which is directly opposite the Queenstown MRT station. Stirling Road, which is a stone’s throw from the Queenstown MRT station, was also the site of a gruesome murder in 2007.

Twitter user missbouncy (@missbouncy) also tweeted, “I was wondering why all suicides (sic) choose Redhill/Queenstown.”

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Redhill station

This station will have barricades soon