Man dies after being run over by train near Kallang MRT station

Man dies after being run over by train near Kallang MRT station

Kallang MRT track death Feb 25
Officers put up a white screen on the eastbound MRT track near Kallang station on Feb 25, 2021, shortly after a person was pronounced dead on the track. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

SINGAPORE: A 31-year-old man died after he was run over by a train in Kallang on Thursday night (Feb 25).

"At about 9pm, a train captain reported hitting an object near Kallang MRT station," said transport operator SMRT. "Our station manager was sent on track and found a motionless man, about 150m from (the) station."

The incident occurred on the East-West Line towards Pasir Ris. Train services were suspended between Bugis and Aljunied stations, and Lavender and Kallang stations were closed.

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People are seen next to a stationary train near Kallang MRT station on Feb 25, 2021. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

Kallang MRT train track death Feb 25
Officers seen on the eastbound MRT track near Kallang station on Feb 25, 2021, shortly after a person was pronounced dead on the track. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

Kallang Lavender MRT station man run over by train map
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The police said they were alerted to the incident at about 9.35pm. The man was pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic, they said. 

Based on preliminary investigations, foul play is not suspected, the police added. Investigations into the death are ongoing.

A CNA reporter at the scene saw a stationary train on the tracks near Kallang station, and people with flashlights walking along the side of the tracks.

Several police cars, an ambulance and SCDF fire trucks were also seen outside the station.

Kallang station was shuttered, while police were seen outside Lavender station.

Kallang MRT track death Feb 25
An SCDF vehicle outside Kallang MRT station on Feb 25, 2021. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

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The entrance of Kallang MRT station on Feb 25, 2021. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

At close to midnight, there were about 16 people from various government agencies on the train tracks. A white screen was put up near the end of the train.

Police officers could be heard telling others not to move the body and to wait for the K-9 dog unit to arrive.

An eyewitness said he was on a train that left Lavender MRT station when it "almost immediately halted and began to reverse slowly".

"After about five minutes, passengers were told to alight as there was some obstacle on the track," he told CNA. "Everyone got off and when they announced that another train was stuck at Kallang, everyone started exiting the station."

Lavender MRT station SPF Police
Police officers outside Lavender MRT station at night on Feb 25, 2021. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

SMRT said earlier that a body had been found on the track but updated its post later to say that a person was pronounced dead on the track.

"SMRT Care Team is on the ground to assist our staff and the family members of the deceased when identified​​​," it added.

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Police vehicles outside Kallang MRT station on Feb 25, 2021. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

Kallang MRT track death Feb 25 (1)
An SCDF ambulance outside Kallang MRT station on Feb 25, 2021. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

SMRT first tweeted an alert at about 10pm, saying there was no train service between Bugis and Aljunied due to "an incident", adding that free regular bus and bridging services are available between the two stations.

In its Facebook update, it said in-train and station announcements were made to advise commuters to seek alternative travel options.

"SCDF and the police were immediately activated. We are assisting the police with their investigations," said SMRT.

In a Facebook post, Labour Member of Parliament Melvin Yong said that the National Transport Workers' Union has reached out to the affected rail workers and will ensure that they receive "the necessary mental and emotional support".

Source: CNA/dv(gs)

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