Joo Koon MRT Station after train collision

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After three hours, the SMRT reported that the fault had been cleared but trains and stations on the Circle Line were crowded.

23 passengers and two SMRT staff sustained injuries after an SMRT train hit another stationary train near Joo Koon MRT Station on Wednesday morning (Nov 15).

23 passengers and 2 SMRT staff sustained light to moderate injuries, and have been conveyed to Ng Teng Fong Hospital and National University Hospital.

The incident took place at 0820 a.m., SMRT said in a statement.

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In August, two of Singapore's five mass transit rail lines suffered signaling failures, leaving thousands of disgruntled passengers late for work.

Transport Authority of SMRT and Land Transport said the train experiencing accident headed towards the West, precisely in the direction of Link Tuas Station, then stalled at Joo Koon station on the East-West Line.

"SCDF resources are at the scene attending to the injured", it said in a post on its Facebook page.

The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) system forms the major component of the railway system in Singapore, with the network covering 198.6km of route and having 119 stations. At 8.20am, the second train moved forward unexpectedly, and came into contact with the first train.

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"This is to facilitate the recovery of the two trains involved in this morning's incident at Joo Koon MRT station".

The worst glitches occurred in December 2011, delaying more than 200,000 people in the last weekend before the Christmas holiday, and led to the resignation of SMRT's chief executive officer at the time.

The densely-populated city-state is highly dependent on public transport.

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