JOHOR BARU: A train went off the tracks near Kampung Kurnia here, but all passengers and staff involved are safe.
Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Padzli Mohd Zain said the police received reports over the matter at about 8.30pm on Saturday (Dec 26) informing them that the incident had occurred at about 7.49pm.
“The incident occurred at KM752.75 to KM753.25 (southbound) when the train was heading towards JB Sentral from Gemas.
“There were five carriages in the derailment: one locomotive, one generator and three passenger carriages, ” he said in a statement here early Sunday (Dec 27).
ASP Padzli added that there were four Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) staff and 24 passengers on board the train when it derailed.
“There were no injuries or casualties reported during the incident.
“The cause is believed due be soil erosion and KTMB has informed us that the track had been displaced by the erosion earlier before the train passed by, ” he said, adding that all passengers and staff have been transported to JB Sentral by bus.
KTMB chief executive officer Mohd Rani Hisham Samsudin said the soil is believed to have eroded due to continuous rain in the evening.
He added that the incident had occurred near the Gemas-Johor Bahru Electrified Double-Tracking Project (EDTP).
“The train was from Gemas station heading towards JB Sentral station. It is now being stationed at Kempas Baru station and the passengers have been brought to JB Sentral by bus, ” he said, adding that repair work is being carried out at the scene.
He also apologised to the passengers involved and said he would share updates.