This photo taken from the official Facebook page of the Hong Kong Fire Services Department shows a damaged MTR carriage on Nov 13, 2022.
HONG KONG – The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department said it has started an investigation into the MTR train incident in Yau Ma Tei on Sunday that led to the evacuation of hundreds of passengers and left one elderly woman injured.
In a statement, the EMSD said it will examine various factors, including foreign objects and conditions ofthe train's mechanical parts, according to a statement.
Train services were suspended between Jordan and Lai King stations on Sunday after two sets of doors on a train bound for Central came off at Yau Ma Tei Station
The EMSD said it also required the MTR Corporation to submit an incident report as soon as possible, and duly formulate and implement improvement measures to ensure public safety.
Train services were suspended between Jordan and Lai King stations on Sunday after two sets of doors on a train bound for Central came off at Yau Ma Tei Station.
“MTR staff are handling the situation. We apologize for any inconvenience caused,” the MTR said.
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According to Hong Kong Police, they received a report of smoke coming out of the train doors at Yau Ma Tei Station around 9:30 am.
They added that 750 persons had to be evacuated, including a 78-year-old woman who had abrasions and who had to be taken to the hospital. Some passengers had to walk back through the tunnel to Mong Kok Station, local media reported.
As of 1:21 pm, there were still six-minute intervals for train services between Central Station and Jordan Station and 8-minute intervals for services from Lai King Station to Tsuen Wan Station, the MTR said.
The MTR advised passengers crossing the harbor to take the East Rail Line, Tseung Kwan O Line or Tung Chung Line.
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Passengers for Prince Edward Station to Yau Ma Tei Station can consider using the Kwun Tong Line, the MTR said.
It added that a free MTR shuttle bus service was operating between Lai King Station and Jordan Station.