Kuala Lumpur metro collision caused by non-compliance with operating procedures: official

2021-06-10 11:05:30 GMT2021-06-10 19:05:30(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 (Xinhua) -- Non-compliance with operating procedures has caused the May 24 collision between two trains on Kuala Lumpur's metro line, Malaysian Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong said on Thursday.

Among the factors identified were: overlooking critical procedures, poor communication between the hostler or driver and the operations control center (OCC), and weaknesses in the standard operating procedures for the train drivers, Wee told a press briefing.

"During the process of resetting both Vehicle On-Board Communication (VOBC) and driving the Train 40 manually to the re-enter point, both the hostler and OCC's train controller had overlooked and missed critical procedures during this process," he said, refereeing to the empty train that was involved in the accident.

The collision happened when the empty train traveled in the wrong direction and collided with a train carrying 213 passengers in the underground section of Light Rail Transit (LRT) line near the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, injuring dozens.

Wee said a list of 23 recommendations has been prepared by the investigating committee to the government, outlining several short-term and long-term recommendations to avoid a repeat of the accident. Enditem