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Over 1,000 Putra LRT Passengers Left Stranded In Tunnel
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July 24, 2006 23:45 PM
KUALA LUMPUR, July 24 (Bernama) -- Over 1,000 passengers in three Putra Light Rail Transit (LRT) trains were left stranded in the tunnel between the Central Market and Dang Wangi stations when the electric-powered trains suddenly stopped at 7pm Monday.

However, no one was seriously injured in the incident except for four women who fainted in the trains' coaches. All were brought to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (KLH) where they were given out-patient treatment.

The others managed to escape through the emergency doors and make their way to the stations, which were only a short distance away.

All three trains were packed with between 300 and 400 people on their way home after work.

City Fire and Rescue Services Department Commander Azizan Ismail said the department's personnel helped escort the passengers to safety and render first aid to those who fainted before bringing them to the KLH.

"The passengers in the three trains waited for about an hour before exiting via the emergency doors," he said when met at the Masjid Jamek LRT station.

Azizan said that about 60 of the department's personnel were involved in ensuring the crowd's safety during the ordeal.

A passenger on one of the trains, Vijaya Nachiaappan, 36, said that he was disappointed by the slow response by the management of the service in bringing the passengers to safety.

"People became panicky after waiting almost 40 minutes for the train to move and started kicking its doors before the emergency doors were managed to be opened," he said.

The services returned to normal only at 9pm.

Officials at Rangkaian Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn Bhd (RAPID KL), the operator of the service, could not be reached for comment.

-- BERNAMA

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