Multi-agency team led by SPAD to probe train derailment

PETALING JAYA: A multi-agency safety investigation committee will be set up by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to determine the cause behind the cargo train derailment.

The committee, led by SPAD, will review Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) operational and maintenance procedures. It will comprise experts from various ministries, agencies and private sector organisations.

“The forming of this committee is meant to push for greater transparency and accountability from the rail operator,” SPAD said in a statement yesterday.

A south-bound cargo train derailed at the 386th km on the Bank Negara-Kuala Lumpur line at about 3am on Thursday.

Following the incident, SPAD ordered KTMB to suspend its cargo services along the Rawang-Salak Selatan line until investigations are concluded.

There were two incidents of KTMB train derailments in August, one along the Kuala Lumpur-Simpang Batu line and another on the Bank Negara-Kuala Lumpur line.

Alternatives have been provided for commuters whose travel is affected by the derailment.

Buses have been provided with the help of Prasarana for the KTM Komuter route between Sentul-KL Sentral stations and Segambut-KL Sentral stations, according to a KTMB spokesman.

“Other than that, we will assist our commuters by ushering them to other public transport alternatives, such as to other nearby rail operator stations and the GO KL free buses,” she said.

Sofia Elyas, 33, a regular KTM commuter, said that the provision of bus services to alleviate the inconvenience to commuters has been helpful.

“In the past when KTMB train services are disrupted, commuters are just told to find a different route,” she said, adding that the rail operator has listened to complaints by commuters.

The data analyst said that the derailment has affected her travel to her office in Bangsar.

“I was allowed to work from home for the next few days but I would need to find an alternative if the issue continues because I cannot be working from home for a week,” said Sofia, who lives in Serendah.

Nadzirah Rahman, in her 20s, said that although she does not use the Bank Negara-Kuala Lumpur line, the disruptions have affected her as well.

“I’m quite lucky in that I go to work in KL Sentral on the Port Klang line so I am not directly affected by the derailment,” said Nadzirah who works at an architectural company.

“However, the schedules of all KTM trains have been affected, so it is hard to know what time the trains will arrive or depart,” she said.

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