Hong Kong MTR train derails during morning peak hour, three injured

Three carriages left the tracks and were zigzagged across the rails near Hung Hom station in Kowloon Hong Kong

Three carriages left the tracks and were zigzagged across the rails near Hung Hom station in Kowloon Hong Kong

At least eight passengers were injured when an MTR train derailed in Hong Kong on September 17, 2019, leading to a service suspension on the East Rail Line.

Passengers had to leave the train through a broken door and cross tracks on the East Rail line to make their way to safety.

Five hundred passengers had been evacuated from the train.

No official statement from the MTR was immediately available, but several passengers were injured and others had to climb out of the disabled auto and onto the tracks before they could walk to safety.

Hong Kong's rail system has been a target of vandalism during recent pro-democracy protests, with activists angry that MTR has closed stations to stop protesters gathering.

"It is fortunate there have not been any serious injuries or casualties, but if the train was going at high speed, the situation could have been worse", Lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting told reporters at a briefing outside the Legislative Council building, adding that MTR Corp should thoroughly investigate the incident.

Passengers had to leave the train through a broken door and cross tracks
Passengers had to leave the train through a broken door and cross tracks

The accident in the Kowloon neighborhood caused massive delays, with service suspended on the East Rail Line and severely limited on the West Rail Line.

Hong Kong is in its fourth month of political unrest, which has seen millions of protesters hit the streets in the biggest challenge to China's rule since the city's handover from Britain in 1997.

The MTR Corporation has been targeted by protesters since the company refused to hand over CCTV footage of police last month beating demonstrators and passengers on a subway train.

A number of protestors have also allegedly vandalised MTR stations by crashing into entrance barriers, breaking ticketing machines and smashing windows, according to AFP.

Both trains were badly damaged and the two train drivers suffered only minor injuries.

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