Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Witness takes stand at COI

SINGAPORE: The first commuter took the stand on Tuesday as witness, in the ongoing public hearing into two major train disruptions last December.

Ms Charlene Ang told the Committee of Inquiry she fainted when she was stranded in a train on 15 December.

She said she does not have any major ailments.

She said it was the first time she passed out completely and experienced difficulty in breathing.

Ms Ang, a legal secretary, said she commutes by train to and from work from Mondays to Fridays.

Shortly after boarding a north-bound train at Raffles Place station at about 6.45pm on 15 December, she said the train jerked once and came to a stop.

She said she detected a burning smell and noticed that some lights on the train had gone off.

She also sensed that the air-conditioner was no longer working.

Ms Ang said she had difficulty breathing as the train got stuffy and she could not feel any fresh air coming in.

Ms Ang was later admitted to Singapore General Hospital.

She was discharged the next day and given four days of medical leave.

Ms Ang said she noticed that the other passengers remained calm but looked uncomfortable.

Meanwhile, several train officers took the stand on Tuesday.

Some said they were briefed informally by their superiors following the 15 December disruption and before the 17 December disruption occurred.

But others said they were not told what to look out for.

Some told the committee they were told to look out for "abnormalities", which they understood to include the condition of the track and train, and to be careful while driving.

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Source From Channel News Asia

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