Malaysia: More than 200 injured in train crash in Kuala Lumpur

The empty train had just been repaired, and was going in the opposite direction on the same track.

In Malaysia, more than 200 people have been injured in a train crash in the capital Kuala Lumpur.

A metro train carrying 213 passengers collided with an empty one in a tunnel near the Petronas Towers, at about 12:45 GMT, police said.

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The empty train had just been repaired, and was going in the opposite direction on the same track.

District police chief Mohamad Zainal Abdullah told media that, there was no sign of foul play. Of the 213 injured, 47 people are in a serious condition while the other 166 have sustained minor injuries, he added.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the crash, which happened near the city’s busy KLCC station, was serious.

He added that he had asked the train operator Prasarana Malaysia Berhad and the country’s transport minister to conduct an in-depth probe to find out the cause of the accident.

Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong said in a separate statement that the crash was the metro system’s first major accident in the 23 years it had been operating.

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