Commuters recall harrowing experience on train


KUALA LUMPUR: Kamarozaman Jamaludin knew that all was not well when his daughter called him on her way home, crying and screaming.

A feeling of dread overcame him when he received that call on Monday night.

“She told me about the accident and at the time, I could only pray to try and calm down, ” he said, referring to the crash involving two trains on the LRT Kelana Jaya line.

“I was even more distressed when I heard the wailing of other injured passengers on the train, ” said Kamarozaman, 55.

His daughter Nur Fashilah Al Jiilah, 25, was among those on the train.

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Speaking to Sinar Harian at Hospital Kuala Lumpur yesterday, Kamarozaman said his daughter was being treated as she could not move her legs.

He recounted how his daughter was traumatised.

She had difficulty speaking and kept repeating herself during the call, he said.

His daughter was heading home to Klang from her office in Jalan Ampang when the accident happened.

Kamarozaman said he saw how much blood there was in the pictures of the crash that had gone viral and was thankful that Nur Fashilah was safe.

Bernama reported that commuters on the train had a harrowing moment when it suddenly stopped before they were flung by the impact of the collision with another train.

Passenger Afiq Luqman Mohd Baharudin, 27, said the impact sent everyone “flying” and falling to the floor.

“The accident, which happened in the tunnel near KLCC, resulted in many passengers, both seated and standing, suffering injuries, ” he said.

Aliq Luqman said that before the accident, the train had stopped for 15 minutes before moving again.

“We had only moved for a few seconds when the crash happened and the impact was so strong that I suffered injuries to my head, left leg and chest, ” he said.

Afiq Luqman and other passengers were helped out by a security team and rushed to Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

Some victims took to social media to share their personal experiences.

Twitter user Lim Mahfudz was one of those who shared videos and photos which he took.

He tweeted that he was all right and thanked God for saving his life, adding that the whole thing felt like a nightmare.

He said some passengers were injured by the train’s broken glass panels while some were tossed around as the train stopped suddenly (when it hit the emergency brakes).

Meanwhile, Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Zainal Abdullah urged people not to speculate on the cause of the crash.

He asked the public to give space to the task force investigating the case to perform their duty.

“Allow the task force that was established to investigate holistically. At the same time, the public is urged not to bring about speculation and assumptions that can cause disharmony, fear and public unrest, ” he said.

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