Strong confidence in LRT safety despite crash

Line clear: Commuters seen using the LRT service in Kuala Lumpur despite Monday night’s accident. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: The collision involving two light rail transit (LRT) trains on the Kelana Jaya line will not hinder the people from continuing to use public transport.

Library assistant Asfa Abdullah, 24, said she was aware of Monday evening’s incident, but still chose to take the train because she believed that accidents are unavoidable, whether using public or private vehicles.

“The risk is always there even when we are using our own vehicle.

“However, I hope the passenger safety aspect can be improved to avoid the same type of incident from happening again, ” she said when met at the KLCC LRT station here yesterday.

Private sector employee Eliana Masiran, 39, said she would definitely continue using the LRT as it was more convenient, considering that her office is situated in the city centre.

“I used to ride a motorcycle but I chose to take the LRT since I become pregnant because it is safer. Although I have a car, the LRT is more convenient and cheaper, ” she said.

Shop assistant Muhd Azlan Elfi Mohd Faizul, 17, admitted that he was worried to take the train following the incident, and needed some time to regain his confidence to use the service again.

“I am a frequent user from Damai to KLCC, except for today when I asked my father to send me to work, ” he said.

Information technology administrator Mohd Zubair Ab Ghani, 35, said the train he was travelling on from Wangsa Maju to Ampang Park was quite packed with passengers as it was operating using only a single track.

“The train also stopped for 20 minutes at each station, causing many people to wait and fill up the train. The usual 15-minute journey was more than one hour this morning, ” he said.

In the 8.45pm incident, 213 passengers were injured, 47 of them seriously, following the collision of two LRT trains on the Kelana Jaya between KLCC and Kampung Baru.

The collision point, about 100m from the KLCC station, involved one train carrying passengers and another out-of-service train that was being manually driven.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said this was the first incident of its kind throughout the 23-year history of the Kelana Jaya line. — Bernama

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