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Overload may have caused monorail to stall, says rescue dept

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 13 (Bernama) -- Prasarana Negara Berhad, the monorail operator, has been urged to review the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of its monorail service following the stalling of a train on the Brickfields tracks, last Saturday.

Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department director, Khirudin Drahman, said Prasarana may have to set a limit on the number of passengers in their trains as the incident may have been caused by an overload.

"They need to review their SOP and view the matter as a whole to prevent such situations. If they need to add coaches, it should be done immediately," he told reporters here today.

In the 2.18 pm last Saturday, about 183 passengers had to be rescued by Fire and Rescue teams when they were trapped in the stalled train on the Brickfields track shortly after it had left the station heading towards Maharajalela.

Three passengers received treatment at the hospital for fainting and breathing difficulties.

Khirudin said neither the relevant equipment in the train nor the remote control system at the monitoring station was able to release the brake system.

"This may be due to the train halting abruptly and it was finally released with the assistance of a Prasarana mechanical team," he said.

Meanwhile, Prasarana Media Affairs manager, Azhar Ghazali, said based on their investigations, there were only 183 passengers at the time of the incident while the maximum load allowed was 214.

He said they discovered that the engine had been automatically stopped due to a "loss of traction power".

"Due to the increase in passengers, we will add two additional coaches by the end of this year," he said when contacted by Bernama.


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