Crash site repairs completed


Recovery on track: The damaged trains were brought to different locations after being removed from the collision site near Kelana Jaya, Selangor.

PETALING JAYA: Repair and clean-up works at the site of the LRT train collision have concluded, says Transport Ministry Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

“The works were completed as at 5.45pm. Preliminary testing has been conducted to ensure that systems and equipment are in working order.

“A final test will be conducted during engineering hours, which are after service ends for the day.

“This will be witnessed by the Land Public Transport Agency and approval for track usage will be given after its safety has been proven, ” he said in a post on his Facebook page yesterday.

Dr Wee said he hoped the Kelana Jaya line would be operating at its normal frequency today.

Earlier, Dr Wee said the two trains involved in the head-on collision had been removed from the crash site after painstaking work.

He added that the Recovery Rapid Rail Team worked round the clock on three non-stop shifts to get the job done.

“Train TR40 was brought to the Subang depot at 3.45am yesterday while the TR81 train arrived at the Gombak tail track at 4.51am.

“Prasarana will focus its track recovery works from the Kampung Baru station to the KLCC station.

“The Recovery Team has to ‘power down’ the entire stretch that is involved, which is from the Dang Wangi station to the Damai station.

“This involves five LRT stations along that stretch, ” he said in another Facebook post.

The five stations are Damai, KLCC, Ampang Park, Kampung Baru and Dang Wangi.

Due to the effects of the “power down” and with the closure of one track, Dr Wee said it resulted in a bottleneck as the operations were being conducted on one track from Damai to Pasar Seni, with a train taking about 16 minutes to go through that stretch.

As such, he said a platoon method would be used to let two trains enter the same track to ease the bottleneck.

Dr Wee also said that 58 LRT trains on the Kelana Jaya line would operate fully without reducing frequency.

“I give my assurance that Prasarana will work hard to repair the tracks so that the LRT services on the Kelana Jaya line will be restored as soon as possible.

“When the track is fixed, there will no longer be a bottleneck and the LRT services will resume operation at 50% capacity as required throughout MCO 3.0, ” he added.

Separately, Dr Wee expressed his relief after receiving word that a passenger who had to undergo hip surgery was now in a stable condition.

“I managed to speak to the patient who requested to be brought to a private medical centre on that fateful night.

“I am relieved to know that she is doing better now after a successful hip operation, ” he said on Instagram.

On Monday night, a train under manual control that was undergoing testing collided head-on with another that was carrying 213 passengers between the underground KLCC and Kampung Baru stations.

The incident left 47 commuters severely injured, with 166 others suffering light injuries.

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