Train at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station evacuated after passenger's phone emits smoke

Train at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station evacuated after passenger's phone emits smoke

Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station on the North East Line (File photo: TODAY)
Dhoby Ghaut MRT station on the North-East Line. (File photo: TODAY)

SINGAPORE: Passengers were evacuated from a train at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station during peak hour on Tuesday (Feb 19) after smoke was seen coming out of a commuter's mobile phone.

The evacuation was conducted as a "safety precaution" and no fire or injuries were reported, said Ms Tammy Tan, senior vice-president of corporate communications at SBS Transit, which runs the North East Line (NEL).

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"At about 6.30pm this evening, smoke was seen coming out of a handphone belonging to a passenger who was on board the NEL train at the Dhoby Ghaut station," said Ms Tan.

"The affected train has been routed back to the depot," she added.

SCDF received a call for medical assistance at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station at 6.30pm. But officers who responded found that they were not needed, SCDF said. 

At 6.50pm, SBS Transit requested assistance at Sengkang Depot from SCDF to investigate a mobile phone which was earlier emitting smoke on the train. 

"Preliminary investigation findings indicate that the smoke had originated from the handphone and the cause was accidental and of electrical origin," SCDF said. 

Ms Tan said the SCDF and Singapore Police Force Public Transport Security Command were called in as a safety measure. 

Source: CNA/jt

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