Singapore – The door of a Singapore MRT train carriage stayed open as it travelled on the North-South line from Ang Mo Kio station to Yio Chu Kang.
On March 11 (Monday), a video was uploaded on Reddit Singapore by u/novajimster that showed footage of the train in transit with the doors fully open.
Twitter user @Hady_Matynn also captured the incident with the caption, “Was on the train and this happened, luckily nobody was hurt, do something about this SMRT Singapore.”
— Hady Matynn (@Hady_Matynn) March 11, 2019
According to a report by Channel NewsAsia, a station manager was conducting checks on a faulty door when the train started to move.
SMRT corporate communications vice-president Margaret Teo said in a statement on March 12 (Tuesday) that the station manager “made an error” which allowed the train to proceed with operations while a door was open. The station manager immediately ensured the safety of passengers by keeping them away from the door. “In-train announcements were made to tell commuters to keep clear of the door area and hold on to grip poles,” said Ms Teo.
The train moved a distance of 200m before stopping and returned to Ang Mo Kio station where passengers were able to disembark safely.
The station manager has been suspended for the lapse in proper safety checks. “Initial investigations showed that the station manager had made an error that allowed the train to move with a door still open. We have suspended the station manager with immediate effect,” said Ms Teo. The train has also been removed from service.
“Safety is our top priority. We are sorry that this incident happened,” added Ms. Teo.
Breezy ride, nonetheless.
A similar incident occurred back in January 2016, when the train doors flung open while in transit along the Bukit Panjang LRT line. Disciplinary action was taken against the SMRT staff who closed the doors but did not make sure it was locked.
Read about the incident below: