So… that was what happened! I was stuck in a people jam yesterday evening at Raffles Place MRT and I was wondering what went wrong. Thankfully it wasn’t because of someone jumping into the tracks again. It’s really frightening when people do so. Perhaps it might be a quick death (or perhaps not, considering that you will feel the impact as well as the feeling of the train wheels cutting off your limbs or that or being dragged on rocks for a good 10 to 15 seconds before the train grinds to a halt), but it is really scary, especially to those who are witness to the accident.

In the end, it was only a short circuit, but at least it’s only a short circuit and not something bad. Oh well, luckily I missed most of it because it was already about 7:20pm when I got to Raffles Place MRT and the service resumed. The alternative for me was… of course, to walk. Then again, Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station isn’t that near either. =S

ABOUT 15,000 commuters were delayed yesterday evening when trains between the Newton and Marina Bay MRT stations were disrupted for an hour.

In an e-mail to the media, SMRT said that an electrical cable along the track at Dhoby Ghaut station had short-circuited at 6.13pm, causing the disruption.

Buses were brought in at 6.45pm to ferry commuters between the Newton and Marina Bay stations until trains started running again at 7.13pm.

SMRT said that it is investigating the cause of the incident.

Several commuters called The Straits Times to complain about being held up by the service disruption.

Sales executive Terry Lim was more forgiving.

Although he reached his Bishan flat more than 11/2 hours later than usual, the 41-year-old said:

‘All mechanical systems suffer malfunctions now and then and this is only the second time I have been affected by an interruption in train service in more than 10 years.’

Commuters who were unable to complete their journey can claim a full fare refund from the passenger service centre at any of the 51 SMRT stations within three working days.

Article from on 2 November 2007

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