Monorail rescue drama a success


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 09 Aug 2003

BY LEONG SHEN-LI

KUALA LUMPUR: Sirens wailed as rescuers rushed to the scene where a monorail train was on fire. Twelve passengers were reportedly injured in the 9.30am incident in the centre of the city’s Golden Triangle district. 

Despite a power supply failure, the train – which caught fire between the Imbi and Bukit Bintang stations – was brought to Bukit Bintang where all passengers were safely boarded off. The station was then evacuated and immediately cordoned off. 

The drama was captured to the hilt although it was just a mock operation ahead of the city’s monorail official debut on National Day. 

The train “caught fire” above busy Jalan Imbi and within minutes, personnel from the Fire and Rescue Department, police, hospital and monorail staff arrived at the scene and swung into action. 

The emergency response team worked hard during the operation, despite knowing that the incident was an exercise so that its members and other staff would know how to handle disasters. 

KL Monorail System Sdn Bhd general manager for operations, Larry Williams, said the emergency simulation exercise was successful. 

“Although you can never plan a disaster, the rescue operation was carried out more or less according to plan,” he told reporters after the exercise. 

The RM1.2bil monorail system is the final link in Kuala Lumpur’s rail-based transit network. After several postponements, the system is scheduled to begin operations on Aug 31.  

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