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Investigation report exhibits prepare driver, management centre ignored essential procedures earlier than LRT crash: Wee Ka Siong

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KUALA LUMPUR: The investigation findings for the crash involving two trains on the Kelana Jaya Mild Rail Transit (LRT) line on Could 24 confirmed that sure essential procedures have been uncared for by the hostler and operation management centre. 

Minister for Transport Wee Ka Siong mentioned in a press convention on Thursday (Jun 10) that as a consequence, one of many trains headed within the fallacious path and collided with a passenger-carrying prepare that was launched prematurely from the KLCC station.  

Dr Wee defined that Prepare 40 had skilled technical difficulties, and that each of its Automobile Onboard Communication (VOBC) programs had stopped engaged on the day of the incident.

It was alleged to be dropped at the depot by way of automated prepare operation (ATO) for needed upkeep, however had misplaced communication with the operation centre and stopped at the Kampung Baru station. 

A hostler (prepare driver) was then summoned to manually drive the prepare to the closest re-entry level, Dr Wee mentioned.

“Investigations discovered that throughout the technique of transferring Prepare 40 to be reset again into ATO mode, each the hostler and the prepare controller on the operation centre had uncared for essential SOPs,” the minister added. 

“This inadvertently resulted in Prepare 40 being manually pushed north, Gombak-bound (and in the direction of the KLCC station), as an alternative of south-bound in the direction of the depot as meant,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, the passenger-carrying Prepare 81 was launched from KLCC Station with out correct affirmation that Prepare 40 had been reset to ATO mode. 

“Such circumstances then brought about the crash between Prepare 40 and Prepare 81,” Dr Wee mentioned. 

Kelana Jaya Line LRT collision
The broken entrance of an LRT prepare after it collided with one other prepare, inflicting a number of accidents to commuters. (Pictures: Twitter/Bernama/Prasarana Malaysia Berhad)

The Could 24 accident brought about various levels of harm to over 210 passengers, together with six who have been in essential situation. 

Track repair works have been carried out and full service later resumed on Could 28. 

The investigation report was tabled on the weekly Cupboard assembly on Wednesday.

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Dr Wee defined within the press convention that a few of the essential SOPs uncared for included cancelling the Guide Route Reservation (MRR) earlier than it was confirmed the hostler on Prepare 40 had already accomplished his job, and that he was heading in the best path. 

“There have to be communication and directions given, (as soon as) every little thing is cleared, then solely the MRR might be cancelled and Prepare 81 can transfer on in ATO,” the minister mentioned. 

“These are the issues that have been alleged to be checked correctly, and there was no strict compliance with the SOPs, therefore you had this collision,” Dr Wee mentioned throughout the Q&A session. 

23 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS

Dr Wee burdened that the investigation committee’s findings have been geared toward introducing systemic enhancements to the LRT system, and to not apportion blame or legal responsibility to any events. 

He mentioned the committee’s report additionally contained 23 suggestions for enhancements.

Wee Ka Siong
Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong (proper) in an LRT prepare on Could 28, 2021. (Picture: Fb/Wee Ka Siong)

Brief-term suggestions included posting two hostlers throughout handbook prepare operations inside tunnels and upgrading tools for hostlers driving in low-visibility areas.

Reviewing the operation pointers and manuals for the OCC and hostlers, enhancing refresher and recertification programs and enhancing the prepare detection system have been additionally a part of the mid- and long-term suggestions.

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