More than 200 injured when two trains collide in Malaysian capital

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – More than 200 people were injured in Malaysia on Monday when two subway trains collided in an underground tunnel near the Petronas Twin Towers in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

The incident occurred around 8:45 p.m. (1245 GMT) when one of the trains, which was empty after repair, collided head-on with another train carrying 213 passengers traveling in the opposite direction on the same route, District Police Chief Mohamad Zainal Abdullah said.

Forty-seven people were seriously injured and 166 others were slightly injured, he told reporters. The crash occurred in a section of tunnel about 100 meters from the KLCC station outside the Petronas Towers.

“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 operated by Prasarana Malaysia Berhad.

Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong said the collision was the first major accident in the subway system’s 23 years of operation, and he promised a thorough investigation.

The 88-story Petronas Twin Towers are the tallest twin towers in the world.

(Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; editing by Mark Heinrich)

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