SMRT deaths: 2 killed were among 15 staff on walkway

SMRT deaths: 2 killed were among 15 staff on walkway
PHOTO: SMRT, Facebook

SINGAPORE - The two Singaporean men killed after being hit by an MRT train on Tuesday (March 22) were among a group of 15 men from SMRT's maintenance crew that was on the walkway, said SMRT chief Desmond Quek.

Mr Quek said that the men were walking in a single file along the walkway beside the tracks, and they were being led by their supervisor who was walking in front of them. The two men were the second and third man in the line.

No one else was hurt in the incident.

He also revealed that the two men - identified by The Straits Times as Mr Nasrulhudin Najumudin, 26, and Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari, 24 - were trainees undergoing on-the-job training.

Mr Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari (left) and Mr Nasrulhudin Najumudin. (Photo: Facebook)

Mr Quek said that the train that hit the two men were on "auto mode" and that it was travelling at about 60kmh.

Asked why workers were doing maintenance work while trains still were running, Mr Quek said that it was standard operating procedure for its crew to investigate every track fault, regardless of time.

Investigations will focus on how exactly the men got onto the track and were hit, he said.

Train services between Pasir Ris and Tanah Merah stations on the East-West Line were disrupted for over two hours from about 11.20am. Services only resumed close to 2pm.

on Facebook

We are deeply saddened by the incident today where we lost two of our dear colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with...

Posted by SMRT on Tuesday, 22 March 2016

SMRT said in a Facebook post that the two men were part of the maintenance teams sent to investigate a "reported alarm linked to signalling equipment". Permission was given to the teams to access the track.

SMRT sent out two photos in the evening to clearer illustrate the location of the incident:

The Ministry of Manpower said in the evening that it is also investigating the incident.

"I am extremely saddened that two young workers had lost their lives while undergoing on-the-job-training at the...

Posted by Singapore Ministry of Manpower on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Saddened to learn about the deaths of two SMRT trainees today. My deepest condolences to their families. We understand...

Posted by Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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