Wednesday, July 8

Undercarriage fire disrupts Port Klang-Batu Caves commuter service

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KUALA LUMPUR: A minor fire which broke out at the undercarriage of the Port Klang-Batu Caves commuter train caused service on the route to to be disrupted for a short while yesterday.

The fire department was alerted when the fire detected at 7.32am and it took firemen just 20 minutes to extinguish the flames.

KTM Berhad corporate communications unit senior manager  Mohd Fazil Ismail said passengers on the train were transferred to another for their safety and to facilitate extinguishing of the fire.

“There weren’t many passengers on board and this helped in making the transfer of the passengers a smooth process,” he told Bernama.

He said the affected train was towed to KTM’s depot and that all its commuter services returned to normal thereafter.

He added that investigations were underway to find out how the fire started.    Four KTM Intercity services were also disrupted following a locomotive derailment at 7.10am yesterday at KM704.50 (Kulai-Layang-Layang).

KTM said in a statement that the first train service affected was the ‘Ekspress Sinaran Timur’ (No.14) which was delayed from its original schedule and would continue the journey up to the Tumpat station.

“The second service was Shuttle (No.92) which was cancelled and the third, Ekspress Rakyat (No.2) from JB Sentral to Kuala Lumpur was also cancelled,” the statement said.

The fourth service that was affected was the ‘Senandung Timur’ (No.27) where the service was halted up to Kluang and the passengers transferred by Bus to the JB Sentral station, the statement said.

“The affected KTM train services were expected to resume fully at 3pm,” the statement said.

According to the statement, no loss of life was reported following the derailment and repair works were being carried out.

KTM Bhd regretted whatever convenience experienced by the passengers and a ticket refund could be obtained at the station for the affected services. — Bernama