More than 200 injured after two trains crash head-on in underground tunnel

More than 200 people were injured in Malaysia after two trains crashed into each other in a tunnel.

The collision occurred around 8.45 p.m. (12.45 GMT) when one of the trains, which was empty after the repair, collided head-on with another train.

The other train was on the same route and carried 213 passengers while traveling in the opposite direction, Police Chief Mohamad Zainal Abdullah said.

In the crash, 47 people were seriously injured and 166 minor injuries.

So far there have been no reports of deaths.

Many were taken to hospital for treatment, while the less seriously injured were treated by paramedics on the ward.

The crash occurred in a section of tunnel about 100 meters from the KLCC station outside the Petronas Towers in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

“We are still investigating the incident … but we suspect a possible miscommunication from the train operations center,” said Mohamad Zainal.

Videos and photos of the incident posted on social media showed multiple commuters bleeding and broken glass on the trains.

More than 200 people were injured in the clash

More than 200 injured after two trains crash head-on in underground tunnel 1

In the background you can hear people crying as they cling to their bodies in pain.

Other other graphic videos show people lying on the floor screaming in pain while blood pools in the hallway.

Some of the injured were taken off the train and out of the tunnel by paramedics on stretchers.

An investigation into the crash was ordered by the Malaysian Prime Minister

The two trains were on the same line in a collision

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has instructed the Ministry of Transport to conduct a full investigation into the crash. Malay Mail reported.

“I take this accident seriously and have ordered the Ministry of Transportation and Prasarana Malaysia Berhad to conduct a full investigation to determine the cause of this accident and strict action must be taken immediately,” he said in a statement.

“I understand that security and emergency personnel are on site. Hopefully the rescue work goes smoothly and the passengers involved are safe while the injured are treated immediately.

“Victims should be given priority now and I have instructed all parties to work together fully to ensure that victims are treated comprehensively as we are also in the midst of a mounting Covid-19 pandemic.”

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