KUALA LUMPUR – The complete report on the cargo train derailment at KM200.332 in Kampung Bakap, near the Batu Gajah train station in Perak, last Friday will be known in 14 days.
Deputy Transport Minister, Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi said Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) would investigate the cause of the incident, whether it was human negligence or technical failure.
“Train derailment seldom occurs. In the incident in Batu Gajah, it (cargo train) had followed the SOP in wanting to enter the maintenance place. That’s why we are investigating to find out the actual cause of the incident.
“In this context, I believe that within 14 days (from the date of the incident), everything could be revealed,” he said in reply to a question from V. Sivakumar (DAP-Batu Gajah) in the Dewan Rakyat, here, today.
Sivakumar had asked on the cause and the action taken by the parties responsible following the cargo train derailment incident which affected 12,000 passengers of KTMB’s electric train service (ETS).
In the 3.15am incident on Friday, the cargo train with 40 carriages were heading towards Tasek in Ipoh from Kuang, Selangor to take a load of cement when the two locomotives and 25 of the carriages slipped off the track at KM200.332 between Kota Bharu and Lahat.
Ab Aziz said to avoid the ETS from being adversely affected by the incident, 36 buses were provided to transfer the passengers on the Kampar-Ipoh-Kampar route to the Ipoh and Kampar railway stations, to enable them to continue their journey.
Meanwhile, he said, KTMB was carrying out repair works to the track and moving away the derailed carriages that blocked the north-south path in both directions.
He said following this, one track could be opened for train operations by 3pm of Oct 30 while another track would be fully repaired and reopened within seven days.
Ab Aziz said KTMB had also taken measures to further improve maintenance and infrastructure inspection, and the system and stock operations to ensure optimum train safety, hence avoiding such incidents from recurring in future. – BERNAMA